‘Giving the city a bit of love’
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.
Invercargill councillor and deputy mayor Rebecca Amundsen with council city centre co-ordinator Kari Graber ahead of Rev Up.