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Volunteer group restores city’s invisible stream

Jul 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Latest News, News

VOLUNTEERS and environmentalists are revitalising Owhiro Stream with new signs, an art project and walking tracks.

The art project aims to create works of art for the stream by incorporating some of the streams natural features.

New paths are being built to join walking tracks in the surrounding area, and three roadside signs will explain what is happening.

Friends of Owhiro Stream runs regular planting and maintenance days.

“It’s about bringing in people and engaging with the more human aspect of the stream,” says  volunteer Charles Barry (left), who organised a discussion in Brooklyn about the art project and has been spreading the word through workshops, local primary schools, community gardens, art studios and the radio station Radioactive.

The organisation hopes the new incentives will bring in more volunteers.

 “A lot of people who live here don’t realise there’s a stream here,” says volunteer Martin Payne.

Before the group’s involvement, the area was overgrown with blackberry bushes and the stream was full of debris and rubbish left by passing cars.

Mr Payne says people are beginning to change their attitude towards the waterway after seeing the recent changes.

Existing volunteers range from PHD students to whole families who come from around the city to lend a hand.

The organisation got $2200 from Wellington City Council for the signs.

The art project will begin in September and is in the process of having funding approved by the council.

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