Hairy Maclary trail gets go ahead but no money

By Michele McPherson

A bronze sculpture trail of Tauranga author Dame Lynley Dodd's beloved Hairy Maclary characters has received the backing of Tauranga City Council, but no cash.
The council yesterday agreed to allow public spaces in the downtown to be used for life-size sculptures of up to 12 Hairy Maclary characters.
However, there was no support for paying $60,000 next year to own and install the sculptures, and little support to fund the annual $3400 cost of maintaining the sculptures.
Creative Tauranga was concerned about the longevity of the community trust that was being set up to make the project happen.
The publisher of Hairy Maclary books would be happier if there was a guarantee that the sculptures were looked after in perpetuity.
Honorary solicitor Marcus Wilkins believed the council would have no trouble getting community buy-in for the preservation and maintenance of the sculptures.
Cr David Stewart successfully moved that the council provide the land but none of the associated costs.
"Our problem is money - or the lack of it," he said.
Cr Terry Molloy said the council's piggy bank was dead empty.
"It is not a good year, it is not a good year for anyone," he said.

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