Civic trust names new board member

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Long-time supporter of the Victorian Precinct, Richard Vinbrux, has been appointed to the Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust Board to fill the vacancy left by Allan Dick.

Mr Vinbrux owned Maude’s Store in the precinct from 1998 to 2005 where he operated Vinbrux Bakery and since then has continued his involvement in other areas of the precinct.

Commenting on the announcement yesterday he said he has been lucky enough to “sit on both sides of the fence” having been an owner and run a business.

“It’s too early to talk about (the trust’s) direction. I’d like to go to some meetings first.   They have a few new faces and things have been changing rapidly.”

“I think the precinct should be seen as an asset for the town not only from a heritage point of view but also from an economic point of view.”

Mr Dick, who on the board for four months, resigned last week saying “It comes after much soul-searching and acceptance that [I] was the proverbial square peg in a round hole”.

Trust chairman Peter Garvan said the position was offered to the next highest polling person in the election held earlier this year. This was Donna Demente, but she declined.

“Donna was offered the role because she polled the next highest in the voting and when she declined the position we went ahead and offered it to Richard, who we know will be a great fit for board,” Mr Garvan said.

Ms Demente said she turned down the position for similar reasons to Mr Dick.

“I would have been a Lone Ranger with my opinions on the board, so I thought it was best not to accept the role.”

She has given her full backing to Mr Vinbrux.

“I think he will be a good fit on the board because he is someone that no longer works in the precinct and it will be good to have someone like that looking in with similar views to myself.”

By BRAYDEN LINDSAY and LINDA MCCARTHY