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It is a great pleasure to have been recently elected as Chairperson for the South Alive Board. I am looking forward to this role and will be working hard to best represent the community as a “place to live and work that engenders pride and inspires us.”

First and foremost I would like to pay tribute to the incredible work and commitment of two of South Alive’s trustees. Both Robyn Hickman and Margaret Cook (who have held the positions of Chair and Deputy Chair since the start of this organisation) have been exceptional in their ongoing work for South Invercargill community led development. Their outstanding knowledge, skill and ability in their roles has been hugely beneficial and reflects the positive gains that have been consistently made to achieve the vision of “a vibrant and diverse community that takes the lead in its own future. Robyn will be remaining on the Board in the role as Past Chairperson and Margaret has retired from the Board and we thank her for her service but also look forward to keeping in touch with her ongoing volunteer work.

The most significant news to share with our community is the confirmation of the next 3 years of multi-year funding by the Department of Internal Affairs. At the October Board meeting, we met with Garry Lay and Sheryl Henare to celebrate South Alive being able to continue its great work in supporting community led development in South Invercargill in an increasing range of meaningful ways. This funding includes salaries, operations and projects, with the Community Plan being updated annually.

Recently we also held our Annual Consultation Meeting with the community and the discussion and ideas emanating from this event were significant, positive, and constructive. This feedback, covering ideas to Keep / Stop / Start in our Strategic Plan, provided a clear guideline about focus areas to further explore or expand. One theme that was raised was the importance of the community knowing what the Board and the ‘whole South Alive’ is doing and to provide this
information through a variety of ways to better reach people. This newsletter is one way to send updates of our projects and actions. I am available if you wish to meet with me - please let Claire know at the Pod office. In particular, I look forward to learning more about many of the community’s assets, groups, clubs, and projects as well as understanding how we can continue to improve South Invercargill’s sense of pride, purpose and wellbeing.

Looking forward, don't forget the exciting South City Street Party coming very soon!

With kindest regards
Beryl Wilcox

We couldn't have been more proud of the end result of this mural along with the particiation from six art students at Aurora College how gained the opportuntiy to learn a range of skills around design and the health and safety guidelines for graffiti.

The mural took 4 days to complete which included a night time slot where DEOW projected the image onto the wall to start the outline of the image, from there the image grew every day to the finsihed master piece as above.

Thanks to ICC - Creative Communities for their funding and to our Arts team who contributed to this from their own fundraising activities.


Thank you to Janice who donated four Gooseberry bushes and also helped plant them at Ball St Orchard.

Big thank you to Jacqueline Stewart and Year 9 Students from Aurora College who helped weed at Manse St Orchard and help get up most of the weed mat there too.

We are looking for Egyptian Tree Onions, also known as Walking Onions, if anyone has any to spare, please get in touch with the office on 03 218 6882 or email info@southalive.org.nz


Are you interested in helping out with the working bee in the Beautification Garden?
All welcome - 10.00 am Saturday 28 November 2020

Do you have any spare plant pots around home?
We are on the look out for some as we pot up plants to sell these for donation/koha to raise money for the garden.

Thank you to Jackson Plumbing for your in-kind contribution work, who came out and removed the tap from our roof "yes our roof" to a lower point where we can now access it for all cleaning requirements. We are very appreciative of this act of kindness. If you have any plumbing requirements you can check our their website www.jacksonplumbing.co.nz for contact details.
Zero Rubbish

The South Alive community has worked in the Zero Waste space for many years with adopt-a-street, working bees, composting and recycling are some of the many things we do.  Recently in a South Alive meeting with Wastenet two ideas were tabled - additional latches for household rubbish bins & litter bags for vehicles.  The ICC Wastenet team came back and said these ideas were fantastic and the appropriate products have now been sources and some will be available soon.  They credited our volunteer with these practical “amazing” ideas to reduce waste.  This week, we have had Fernworth / Whare Pa School  and Georgetown Scouts out and about picking up rubbish with support from South Alive.  These actions within our community all show pride and work towards our goal of sustainability.  Thank you to you all


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