Funding helps south city plans go ahead
South Invercargill has a spruced-up walkway to look forward to, a street party to plan and a community garden to plant thanks to funding from the Neighbourhood Project Fund.
Three community groups secured $1000 each for projects they are hoping to complete in their area, including a community fruit and vegetable garden for Aperahama Church, a party for the 180 households in Oreti St and spruced up alleyway for New River Primary School.
New River Primary School pupils George Mara, 9, and Kavarn Pettigrew, 11, said applying for the project had put their maths to the test.
The pupils measured the area and worked out how much weed matting they would need, before finding out the cost per metre and coming up with the cost of the project.
It had been fun, they agreed, but the next task will be getting their hands dirty when they get the redevelopment under way.
The walkway was painted last year by classes at the school and the latest funding would help them to plant native plants and clean it up a bit more, Kavarn said.
School principal Elaine McCambridge said the walkway was commonly used by families going to the school and by workers at the hospital, she hoped to complete the project by the end of the year.
Around the corner in Oreti St they have a party to plan.
Gayle Hammond and a fellow resident want the 180 households in the street to get together and get to know each other, so they are planning a street party to match the movies.
Mrs Hammond has started making bunting for the event and hopes to make a string of bunting for each house.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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