Small towns sup­port beau­ti­fi­ca­tion

Waitaki Herald - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - RYAN DUN­LOP

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.

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