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One-stop shop .. Admiring the new water fountain outside the Temuka Library Service Centre are (from left) Temuka Lions Club members Bruce King and Gerald Burgess, Temuka Community Board deputy chairwoman Ali Talbot, Cr Paddy O'Reilly, Temuka Lions president Alistair McCutcheon and Timaru District Council infrastructure unit team member Simon Davenport. PHOTO: CLAIRE ALLISON

by Claire Allison

Locals and visitors to Temuka can now fill up and empty at the same convenient location.

The Temuka Lions Club has paid for the installation of a drinking fountain, which can also be used to fill water bottles, next to the library and service centre conveniently right outside the public toilets.

Temuka Community Board chairman Paddy O’Reilly said the board had a budget to refresh the town’s central business district, and a few projects were in the mix.

“We approached the Temuka Lions to see if they would be interested in taking on one of the projects, and they took on the water fountain.”

Lions Club projects chairman Gerald Burgess said the club’s 35 members had raised the funds for the $6700 unit by selling firewood, fertiliser, hot dogs and chips at the club’s kiosk in Vine St.

“It was a good project for the club, and we’ve got a few more to do in 2020.”