Small towns support beautification
Two of Waimate district’s towns have been kept clean by the initiative of volunteers, and those who maintain them are pleased the council is now focussing on beautifying the entire district, and not just Waimate.
Both Glenavy and St Andrews support beautification of the towns main streets in a council bid to connect Waimate and the district with a theme.
The call for beautification was made during a feedback survey as part of the Waimate council’s economic development strategy.
However, a Glenavy trust that maintains the town is concerned its aged volunteers will soon be unable to manage the upkeep of the town as it is without council help.
Bridging Waitaki Group Trust secretary and Waimate councillor Sheila Paul said the six volunteers, most of whom were around 80 years old, kept the main street litter free as well as cleaning the toilets.
The trust met in June with Waimate mayor Craig Rowley and Waimate District Council chief executive Stuart Duncan to discuss some of the concerns facing the trust.
The beautification of the main street through planter boxes was an idea passed on to Rowley by the trust that was now being considered across the district.
Paul suggested cow troughs could easily be re-purposed for the job.
The age of the volunteers was a concern and Paul said she was concerned how much longer they could continue long-term.
‘‘The village is well-kept as it is, but a lot of the volunteers are over 80.’’
Paul would raise her concerns at a Waimate District Council meeting on Tuesday.
St Andrews resident and Waimate councillor Tom O’Connor said the St Andrews community were quite happy with the town regarding the beautification and upkeep.
There was no organisation of the volunteers or a trust in place to maintain the town, if something needed done, someone just got on with it, O’Connor said.
He said flowers were a good idea and the St Andrews community would welcome it.
‘‘Certainly we would welcome such a thing. It a great idea, if the council was to provide it then the community would get to it without any need for instruction.’’
Waimate mayor Craig Rowley said the council was focussing on the beautification of the district after calls were made in the survey.
Council wanted a ‘‘theme’’ to tie the district together and planter boxes could be the answer.
Marketing and promotion of the district was an ‘‘immediate priority’’ for the council, he said.
Waimate councillor and Glenavy resident Shiela Paul says flowers in troughs would be a good way to bring a theme across the board and beautify the district.