‘Giv­ing the city a bit of love’

The Invercargill Eye - - OUT & ABOUT - RE­BECCA MOORE

In­ver­cargill’s in­ner city is set to get a makeover, with busi­nesses and groups get­ting be­hind the cause.

The in­ner city Rev Up will be on Jan­uary 27 and 28.

In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil city cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Kari Graber said she was in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to see how many busi­nesses, or­gan­i­sa­tions and mem­bers of the pub­lic had al­ready vol­un­teered their time, and in some cases do­nated prod­ucts, to help Rev Up the CBD.

‘‘Things are ac­tu­ally start­ing to pick up mo­men­tum.’’

So far there are 50 vol­un­teers but she ex­pected that to dou­ble.

‘‘It’s al­ways been my view that the CBD be­longs to ev­ery­one and the re­sponse to our call for help so far has proven that to be true.

‘‘From the staff of Ven­ture Southland and In­ver­cargill City Coun­cil, to the re­tail­ers, and even just peo­ple in the com­mu­nity, so many peo­ple have recog­nised the need for some love in our in­ner city.’’

Graber wanted the city to be brighter, more colour­ful and vi­brant, a place South­landers were proud of and a city tourists en­joyed.

She saw the city as ‘‘a blank can­vas’’ and projects to clean up lit­ter, re­paint build­ings, paint mu­rals and empty shop win­dows, and plant gar­dens, would give life back to the ‘‘unloved’’ city.

‘‘It’s not about fix­ing, it’s about giv­ing the city a bit of love.’’

Dadz Win­dow­clean­ing will vol­un­teer its time, E Hayes & Sons will do­nate clean­ing and paint­ing prod­ucts, SIT stu­dents and grad­u­ates will of­fer their skills to mu­ral paint­ing, and Fire and Emer­gency NZ has of­fered to pro­vide fire­fight­ers to help out in the ef­fort.

Fire and Emer­gency NZ Southland as­sis­tant area man­ager Deane Chalmers said at least one fire crew, a fire truck, and pos­si­bly even a wa­ter tanker, would be in­volved.

How­ever, he as­sured mem­bers of the pub­lic the in­volve­ment would not af­fect ser­vices.

The crew will help pro­vide wa­ter for spray­ing and clean­ing up the city, as well as some high pres­sure clean­ing of al­ley­ways and foot­paths.

‘‘Our or­gan­i­sa­tion sees it­self as an im­por­tant part of the com­mu­nity, so it’s a nat­u­ral thing for us to be part of the Rev Up,’’ he said.

To vol­un­teer, regis­ter at www.icc.govt.nz to show up on the day to the head­quar­ters at 63 Esk St, the old ASB Build­ing. Clean­ing and paint­ing equip­ment will be wel­come.

RE­BECCA MOORE/STUFF

In­ver­cargill coun­cil­lor and deputy mayor Re­becca Amund­sen with coun­cil city cen­tre co-or­di­na­tor Kari Graber ahead of Rev Up.

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