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Locomotion...Mataura Community Board chairman Alan Taylor will announce the board’s plans including a potential new site for the town’s former railway station at a public meeting at the community centre tonight. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

The wheels are in motion for the former Mataura Railway Station to be moved to a new site.

The building, in Main St, was designed by architect Sir George Troup in 1921.

It is listed as a category 2 historic place by Heritage New Zealand.

In 2019, the Gore District Council bought the building from Kiwirail for $1.

One of the conditions of sale was the building would be removed from its location.

The Mataura Community Board has been overseeing the project to find a new home for the building.

Board chairman Alan Taylor said the board had bought land which would be suitable to site the building on.

However, several factors would influence whether the building was moved there.

“It is conditional on resource and building consents,” Mr Taylor said.

The board also needed community support for the project.

“We really need the community behind us to accomplish this project.”

The board’s vision for the station would be shared at a public meeting tonight at the Mataura Community Centre.

“We would welcome feedback and people’s views on the project as a whole and its future use.”

The land was near Queens Park, which meant if there was not enough public support for the station to be shifted there, the land could be developed into another community asset.

In its day the station had been a central part of daily life and it was important to preserve its history, he said.

“It could become a real asset to our community and district as a whole.

The project involved more than shifting an historic building.

“It’s honouring the past and the people of the past.

“It’s securing our history for future generations.”

Other projects the board had been working on, including its plans for the Mataura Medical Centre, would also be discussed at the meeting.

“I would really encourage new residents to come out and meet their community.