Recreation area, mural, survey top of to-do list

Funding welcomed . . . The Greater Green Island Community Network committee, comprising (from left) Sasha Turner, Amanda Reid, Jules Haldane, Melanie McNatty, Jan Clark, Senior Constable Fred Jansen and chairman Steve Hayward, has welcomed a place-based funding grant from the Dunedin City Council. Absent: Hamish Black. PHOTO: BRENDA HARWOOD

The Dunedin City Council grants subcommittee recently allocated $300,000 in funding to seven “place-based” community groups across the city. The funding, which ranges from $31,000 to $55,000, will be used to help with the costs of building community connection and resilience for the next 12 months. In the coming weeks, reporters will highlight the programmes and projects the funding will support in your communities. The series begins this week with the Greater Green Island Community Network.

Completion of the new Green Island recreation area, a community mural in Concord and a second in-depth community survey are top of the agenda for the Greater Green Island Community Network.

The network has received $49,795 in funding to support these and other projects through the Dunedin City Council’s annual $300,000 place-based community grants fund.

Network chairman Steve Hayward said the funding had been well-earned by an organisation with “a proven track record”.

“We have worked hard to deliver what we said we would and I think we have shown ourselves to be a catalyst for getting things done for our community,” Mr Hayward said.

The network conducted an in-depth community survey in 2015, which highlighted Green Island residents’ concerns around traffic and intersections, footpaths, playground facilities and places to meet.

Since then, the network has worked closely with the council and the NZ Transport Agency on projects to install roundabouts, upgrade the roading surface, improve pedestrian safety, fundraise for a $210,000 community playground and support a community mural in the Runciman St tunnel.

Network committee member Melanie McNatty, of Presbyterian Support Otago, said designing the playground with input from local preschool children had paid off.

“The playground fulfils the children’s priorities and has been very well utilised by the community.”

Mr Hayward said the $49,795 from this year’s round of place-based funding would support the salary of a community worker along with ongoing and new projects.

These would include installing a barbecue, shelter and possible stage area at the recreation area next to the children’s playground in Main St, Green Island, and a collaborative project with Keep Dunedin Beautiful to create a mural in Concord.

The network is also involved in civil defence local response planning for the area, which covers Abbotsford, Green Island, Burnside and Concord.

Mr Hayward said a phase 2 in-depth community survey, to be conducted early next year, would help to set the network’s priorities for the next few years.

“We’re excited about what the next projects will be,” he said.

Network community worker Amanda Reid said its ability to work collaboratively with council departments and agencies had proven a boon for the area’s community.

“Having that relationship working really well has enabled us to get some very good results,” she said.