there has been a change of guardianship for Alexandra’s rustic signage at each of the entrances to the town.

The Alexandra Lions Club has taken over custodianship of the signs, after a committee formed from various organisations instigated the project.

The signs are located at the town’s three main entrances — The Half Mile and near the golf course and holiday park.

Karin Bowen, who coordinated the original project, met some of the Lions members at the golf course sign last week to pass over all the documentation.

It was Mrs Bowen’s vision that got the project off the ground.

She said numerous community groups came on board, including the Lions Club of Alexandra, the Rotary Club of Alexandra, Keep Alexandra Clyde Beautiful and Promote Alexandra, along with a Central Otago District Council representative.

They called on three designers: Nigel Wilson, Sue Mort and Roy Harris.

Others who supported the project were engineer Murray Petherwick, along with Anderson Engineering, which used corten steel to give the signs a rustic look.

Lions club member Dave Ramsay sourced large rocks for the ground surrounding the signs and Chris Robinson, of Central Excavating, did the earthworks.

Club president Barry McCall said taking over custodianship was in keeping with what the club was already doing.

‘‘We intend to maintain it the same as we do the [Alexandra] clock . . .We have a fund invested which we use to keep it maintained and upgraded.’’

The club had already called on the assistance of Central Otago Electrical’s Greg Hamill to check over the signs, including solar panels that light the structures up at night.

Mrs Bowen was pleased the signs would be maintained for many years to come.

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