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Decorative lights are to go up in Invercargill and Bluff to help people get over the winter blues.
A $130,000 grant for the Invercargill City Council to buy the lights is among nearly $2 million in amenity grants approved on Friday by the Trust Bank Southland Community Trust.
Dozens of council and community projects from throughout the former Trust Bank Southland's area stand to benefit from the new grants scheme.
The biggest grant is $750,000 for the city council to rebuild the Queens Park aviary.
Council grants subcommittee chairman Mark Winter said the grant for the winter lights would enable the council to buy a full set of coloured lights to clip on to the same fittings used for the Christmas decorations. They would be decorated with winter icons, such as snowflakes.
There was also the possibility of an Invercargill winter festival, perhaps along the theme of winter foods such as oysters and muttonbirds, and the new lights would also tie in with that.
Money for the amenities grants was allocated on a pro-rata basis for each of the southern councils to call for applications and recommend grants for approval by the trust.
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