South Alive makes more plans to rally community
Director says South Alive 'on a roll'COLLETTE DEVLIN
South Invercargill residents gathered yesterday to celebrate the success of the community group South Alive and to plan further efforts to rejuvenate the area.
The South Alive community planning event - Touch Pause and Engage - examined last year's projects and prioritised projects for the coming year.
South Alive project co-ordinator Janette Malcolm said it was the biggest event on the South Alive calendar because it was the day the community got to have their say.
The community discussed about 15 ideas for new projects such as a youth park and a "super gran" workshop, where grandmothers would share their skills with younger generations.
There were also plans to plant more trees and flower gardens, she said.
Bank of Ideas director Peter Kenyon attended the inaugural meeting last year and spoke to the community again yesterday.
Mr Kenyon, from Western Australia, has travelled to 53 countries in the past 20 years, encouraging people to find ways to stimulate their communities and economies.
He said he was impressed by the progress of the projects planned last year.
South Alive took great pride in Invercargill and had a real determination to make things happen, he said. It was one of the best examples of a group that engaged with its community and he had cited it during his world lectures.
"This group really got back to basics and have done so much for South Invercargill . . . it really is a vibrant, diverse community that takes the lead in its future."
Former Southland rugby player Hoani MacDonald, a South Invercargill resident, was on hand with Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt to award prizes to members of the community.
"It's great what South Alive are doing to rejuvenate the area," he said. "They are doing a great job of letting people know it's a nice place to live."
Invercargill City councillor Neil Boniface praised the group for its efforts so far.
"South Alive is on a roll, but it has to keep the momentum going," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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