'Awful' tunnel to get face-lift

Kowhai House and Roof Painting Otago owner Scott Campbell and Greater Green Island Community...
Kowhai House and Roof Painting Otago owner Scott Campbell and Greater Green Island Community Network community worker Amanda Reid are part of a team behind a bid to beautify the Runciman St tunnel. PHOTO: SHAWN MCAVINUE

A project has been launched to give an "awful'' tunnel linking Abbotsford and Green Island a face-lift.

Greater Green Island Community Network community worker Amanda Reid said the Runciman St tunnel was covered in graffiti.

The 30m-long tunnel, which runs under the Southern Motorway, was "busy''.

Keep Dunedin Beautiful funded the painting of a mural in the tunnel in 2010 but the coating of anti-graffiti paint had stopped being effective last year and the graffiti had got "progressively worse - it's awful''.

To help with the project, Kowhai House and Roof Painting Otago owner Scott Campbell said he would prepare the tunnel walls for a new mural, at no cost.

He said he offered to help with the community project "because I believe in giving back a little bit''.

Ms Reid said the plan was to contract Dunedin artist Jonathan Waters to work with youth in the Greater Green Island area to paint a new mural together.

The network was working to raise $6000 to cover the cost of the project, including paying Mr Waters for his time teaching youth how to design a mural and painting it with them.

The Greater Green Island Business Association had given $400 and funding applications had been lodged with trusts.

"If any local businesses or people want to help out, get in touch.''

SHAWN.MCAVINUE @thestar.co.nz

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