These planters in Gordon Rd cost $7000 a year to plant out and maintain. Photo by Stephen Jaquiery.
The Mosgiel Business Association is to ask the Dunedin City
Council to help fund the $7000 annual upkeep of 20 planter
boxes in Mosgiel's main streets.
The association fundraised and sold sponsorship to cover the
cost of installing the boxes, which have graced the central
streets for about three years.
The planter boxes were an asset to the community, adding
vibrancy and colour to a busy, concrete environment, and were
something people were proud of, association vice-chairman
John van Delft said.
''Members of the community have even said that the planter
boxes are classy and the colourful plantings are uplifting.''
The association was determined the boxes would remain, and
while volunteers were happy to give their time to maintain
the plants and water them on a regular basis throughout the
year, the cost of twice-yearly replanting, fertiliser and
compost was considerable.
About $7000 was needed each year. Mr van Delft had been
replacing the flowers himself to date, with some
contributions from charity groups.
''And we believe the Dunedin City Council could at least
contribute to, if not cover, this annual cost.''
The association has sought and received the support of the
Mosgiel Taieri Community Board for the association to
approach to the council.
Mr van Delft said the association would discuss what to do
next at tonight's meeting.