Stronger gate wanted

A $4000 steel gate may be installed at the entrance of the Waihola domain, replacing a wooden gate which has twice been deliberately damaged in the past 18 months.

The Clutha District Council will make the decision at a meeting today, having received a recommendation for the new gate from the district assets committee.

The new gate would be "robust and able to withstand vandalism," a report in today's agenda says.

While the initial cost was higher than other options council staff explored - a wooden gate was estimated to cost $1800, while a large farm gate was estimated to cost just $700 - the report states the Waihola Looking Forward group and the Waihola Domain caretaker would prefer to "solve this issue once and for all" by installing a steel gate, which would, hopefully, reduce the ongoing costs.

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