Sharing successes and milestones - 25/06/2009by Deputy Mayor Dot McKinnon
One of the thrills of being a Councillor representing this district is being invited to visit workplaces and businesses to share their successes and milestones.
Two such occasions this week were the opening of the new wing at Nazareth Rest Home and a tour of the Open Country Dairy construction site in Heads Road.
The warmth of the Sisters of St Joseph and staff, the happiness of the residents, the pride of the volunteers as well as the views and airiness of the new wings at Nazareth were all so delightful, it was difficult to leave the happy day. I am sure that if you want to view the new wings, the Sisters would be proud to show you. To rest in one of their beds, with the vista of the river below me, pampered by smiling and generous staff would just be my dream on these cold and busy wintry days. Don't even think about it Dot! There are council meetings to chair and conflicts to resolve.
The visit to the new Affco/Talleys Open Country Dairy site was just as warming. There were so many contractors soldering, welding, laying flooring and ceiling tiles, installing software and more. We were taken to the top of the stainless steel maze of tanks, hoppers, vats and pipework to learn the whole process of turning milk into powder for export. I did not look down. We were so high I thought I might see the Sky Tower. Perhaps they can add a viewing platform at the top so tourists might see our district from above. It is a stunning outlook.
This new industry will add so much to our economy and it is just the kind of industrial development that complements our Heads Road businesses and adds value to Wanganui. Our local subcontractors, DML, Strong Electrical, Rob Bartley and others, have played a huge role in this construction project and their professionalism is much appreciated by the company. It was a great visit, making me feel very proud of our Wanganui workmanship.
Keep your calendars free for Thursday, July 9. Wanganui is hosting the Ranfurly Shield match at Cooks Gardens. This is another wonderful occasion where we can support our local team and have a great day out. If you can get away from work and school (legitimately), join us for a celebration of our rugby.