South Alive office opens
Place for community to engage with initiativeNEIL RATLEY
A group set up to rejuvenate south Invercargill now has a physical presence in the neighbourhood.
Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt snipped the ribbon on South Alive's new office in the South City Mall last week and the office was blessed by Te Ao Marama kaupapa taiao manager Michael Skerrett in front of a crowd of dignitaries and south Invercargill community members.
Project convener Janette Malcolm said the office was made available with the support of the South City Mall owners Contel Holdings and the Invercargill City Council.
It would provide a physical space for the community to engage with the south Invercargill rejuvenation initiative, Mrs Malcolm said.
''The office will make it easier for residents to get in touch with ideas and feedback. The office would also provide a venue for our eight Project Action Groups to have their meetings,'' she said.
Mr Shadbolt said the opening of the office was the result of the Invercargill City Council working with community groups to transform what was once a storage room into an inviting office.
The office and the work already achieved by South Alive would hopefully inspire other suburban communities to rejuvenate their patch, Mr Shadbolt said.
Councillor Neil Boniface said south Invercargill was buzzing as the community embraced the South Alive concept but it was important the community kept the momentum going because eventually council funding would decrease.
''There was $300,000 in the budget this year but that would fall to $150,000.''
South Alive steering group member Colin Anderson said the council needed to maintain its funding.
''The funding from council is essential to achieving the community's long-term goals,'' Mr Anderson said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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