New faces elected to trust

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The Oamaru Whitestone Civic Trust selected two new board members from three nominations at Wednesday night’s annual general meeting.

Campbell’s Butchery director Jane Campbell and Oamaru publican and restaurateur Sally-Ann Donnelly were successful in their bid to get on the board.

Mrs Campbell received 114 votes and Mrs Donnelly 108, while self-sufficient farmer Richard Vinbrux was the unsuccessful candidate, with 88 votes.

Mrs Campbell, who has been a trust member since 2013, said she did not want to comment on her new role at this stage but she is looking forward to being on the board.

In her candidate profile statement she said she had previously been the president of the Oamaru Squash and Badminton Club and is currently on the committee of the Oamaru Farmers’ Market and a regular stall holder.

Mrs Donnelly, who has also been a trust member since 2013, said she wanted to wait for her first meeting before commenting on the position but was happy to have been elected.

“I’m excited about the challenge ahead,” she said.

In her candidate profile statement she said she has an understanding of the practicalities of working in and looking after old buildings.

“I have the enthusiasm and passion to see this area not only maintained but also drive forward while maintaining its uniqueness.”
Trust chairman Peter Garvan said there were three good candidates but only two could be chosen and he wanted to thank Mr Vinbrux for his time while on the board.

“We’re delighted to have [Mrs Campbell and Mrs Donnelly] on board and we’re sure they’ll make a great contribution,” he said.

Mr Garvan has also announced that he will not stand for re-election for the position of chairman, which will be elected at a meeting in April.

However, he will remain as a member on the board.

The challenging, unpaid position was time consuming and he was happy to make a contribution to the board as a member, Mr Garvan said.

The meeting covered a range of different topics including the election of the trustees, the appointment of an auditor and the chairman’s annual report which discussed the recent sale of the Oamaru Railway Station to artist Donald Paterson and the receipt of the final earthquake structural strengthening report for 13 of the trust’s buildings.

Mr Garvan said, as expected, all 13 of the buildings were above the minimum building code of 34% with each building being between 40 and 80%.
Building code percentages: (rounded up to nearest five per cent)

Criterion Hotel – 65%
Connell & Clowes – 40%
Union Building – 40%
Smith’s Grain Store – 80%
Sumpter’s Exchange – 55%
Exchange Chambers – 65%
Harbour Board – 80%
Maude’s Store – 65%
J & T Meeks – 60%
Sumpter’s Store – 45%
Anderson’s Store – 60%
Neil’s Store – 60%
Loan & Mercantile – 40%

By Ruby Harfield