Our family left Waimate about 10 years ago. The return is one of disappointment, the town seems to be in general dilapidation, particularly Queen Street where the shop frontage is scruffy, unoccupied and paint peeling. Its trees are dead or dying.
Up at the White Horse monument, the picnic area is a disgrace, rotting tables half hidden by knee- high grass.
So Waimate pull your socks up and honour the legacy of the early people.
G D INTISTER
REPLY: The chief executive of the Waimate District Council, Tony Alden, replied: ''It seems a shame that your correspondent's return visit to Waimate has been disappointing.
On a more positive note, our Information Centre staff have received several favourable comments from visitors who have enjoyed their stay in Waimate over the holiday period.
''It has been unfortunate that the White Horse walkway track has been closed following the falling of trees caused by the recent severe wind event. Our Parks and Reserves staff, like all residents, have found it difficult to keep grass at a reasonable level over the holiday period owing to the high levels of rainfall. Alongside our community we do take pride in keeping our township attractive.''
- The Timaru Herald