Green Island has
more to offer visitors than just the landfill, says a
community group about to be given $240,000 to transform their
The Greater Green Island Community Network has been selected
for the Government's annual community development scheme.
Group spokeswoman Melanie McNatty said it would receive
$80,000 a year for three years.
Network members celebrated with high fives when they learned
''Dreams are possible,'' Ms McNatty said.
Some of the funds would be used to employ a community
The position would be advertised next week, she said.
The remaining funding would help with operational costs and
Projects could include improving traffic flow in the business
district, installing better lighting where youth congregated,
relationship-building between neighbours, encouraging
retailers to the area and improving the appearance of
The community would be consulted on desired projects.
The grant was ''perfect timing'', with the redevelopment of
Sunnyvale Sports Centre and the planned construction of a
supermarket in Green Island.
Network member Lynda Davidson said the network wanted to make
the suburb ''a destination hub with a unique feel'', for
residents of surrounding suburbs and beyond to visit.
Green Island had more to offer visitors than ''just the
A survey the network started on Green Island last year was
completed by nearly 450 people and convinced the network to
The scheme, administered by the Department of Internal
Affairs, funded 12 projects in New Zealand.
Presbyterian Support Otago is the fund holder for the