Posted by on 30/01/2015
Waihi Community Forum (WCF) manages the Streets Ahead fund in Waihi East and after consultation with the community the creation of a 'Green Space' in Waihi East is going ahead.
WCF spokesperson Bhavesh Ranchhod said they have around $100,000 left over from their previous home improvement scheme.
WCF decided to run a competition to see what ideas were put forward and received 86 entries.
"People wanted a Green Space different from what Waihi already offers, so we're looking at barbecue areas, native tree plantings, vege gardens, all those sorts of things - children's play area, a real range," Bhavesh said.
Entries were received from children as well as adults and a good cross section of ideas were put forward.
A couple of sites have been identified as suitable for the Green Space and WCF is negotiating with land owners at the moment.
The Forum met to shortlist the entries and then narrowed those down to the winning entries.
• First place is awarded to the Goodwin Family.
• Second place is awarded to Mason Mouat.
There were also 4 special mentions and they are Dale Brown, Fabian Burke, Izzie Rose Cannell and I'lah Kuizinas, all from Waihi East School.
The ideas will be given to a landscape designer who will come up with a finished concept which will be taken back to the community for consultation.
It's hoped construction will start in the middle of the year.
If you'd like to find out more see www.waihicommunityforum.co.nz or contact the forum by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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