Grant helps secure future

Greater Green Island Community Network workers Leanne Stenhouse (left) and Amanda Reid are continuing their work towards the future success of the network. PHOTO: STAR FILES
Greater Green Island Community Network workers Leanne Stenhouse (left) and Amanda Reid are continuing their work towards the future success of the network. PHOTO: STAR FILES

The future of the Greater Green Island Community Network is looking more secure with the recent awarding of a $23,000 Lotteries grant.

GGICN workers Amanda Reid and Leanne Stenhouse are delighted at the support.

Mrs Reid and Ms Stenhouse, who took over from founding community worker Lynda Davidson a year ago, have carried out high-profile work on important local issues.

Operating under the umbrella of Presbyterian Support Otago, the network had been funded by the Department of Internal Affairs to the tune of $80000 for the past three years.

With that funding now at an end, the network has been searching for alternative sources of funding to support the continuation of its work.

"The grant of $23,000 from the Lottery community fund is a really solid start,'' Ms Stenhouse said.

The network also recently received a grant of $10,000 from the Otago Community Trust for project work.

" We are thrilled that we are getting support from the funding organisations, as well as the community,'' Ms Stenhouse said.

The workers' involvement in community consultation and planning around road safety improvements in Green Island contributed to a joint $750,000 proposal from the Dunedin City Council and the NZ Transport Agency to build three roundabouts in Green Island.

That work continues, and now also involves an urban design element, with the aim of enhancing the Green Island streetscape.

Fundraising for the Green Island community playground was continuing, with more than $95,000 donated so far.

The community can support the playground by sponsoring a brick for the wall, at a cost of $80.

Information on donating can be found on the greater greenisland.nz website.

Mrs Reid and Ms Stenhouse will be on hand at the Green Island market day on December 2 to discuss ongoing projects with the community.

BRENDA.HARWOOD@ thestar.co.nz

BRENDA.HARWOOD@ thestar.co.nz

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