“It was a great day for Kai,” said the Clutha District Council Mayor Bryan Cadogan as he attended the opening and symbolic first pour from the new McKeown 24 hour fuel stop at Kaitangata today (Thursday 19/12).
Mayor Cadogan joined a number of Kaitangata residents and McKeown staff as they watched the Crescent Bar and Grill co-owners Vicki Dick and Jen Macdonald cut the ribbon, officially opening the new 24/7 self service petrol and diesel station.
“You have very special something here and it’s in a town that’s moving forward,” Mayor Cadogan said.
The unmanned card-operated 91 octane petrol and diesel only station was constructed on land leased from the Crescent Bar and Grill.
Managing Director of McKeown Petroleum Ken McKeown said their 38th 24/7 card station was a good move.
“It puts fuel back into small towns where unmanned fuel stations can operate economically without the high costs of manning them.”
“It has been made possible by the close co-operation of the community.
“Evan Dick has been the driving force behind it all here and his vision fitted our plan for our fuel distribution network,” Mr McKeown said.
Kaitangata Promotions Group member Evan Dick thanked McKeown for their investment and for believing in the town.
“It has been a very positive experience all the way through working with McKeown and the CDC.
“This town is going forward with a lot of new projects starting up here shortly as we will see a new camping ground, new garage and new community centre all opening soon,” Mr Dick said.