It was looking very bright even before the volunteer workers arrived with a steady Sunday stream of sightseers enjoying sun and blue sky. The start of the summer migration to our coastal attractions.
The New Brighton Residents Assn organised event turned out to be a well patronised with close to 100 washing windows, painting, planting, cleaning, repairing and picking up rubbish representing many individuals, families and local groups.
The brain-child of Jo Zervos, Brigten Up Brighton is likely to become a yearly event judging from its success. It is impossible to find the space to list all the sponsors and local helpers, but the central area looks a lot better.
In the photos below we find age was no barrier to welding paint brushes, and the group painting the Thompson Park fence are likely to be continuing that project for the next couple of weekends.
In the midst of this was new City Councillor for Coastal Celeste Donovan, Linwood-Central-Heathcote Community Board Chair Alexandra Davids, CEAT committee member Hayden Zervos, and dropping by were City Councillor Phil Mauger and Coastal-Burwood Chair Kelly Barber.
Celeste Donovan says this kind of ‘community action’ is the biggest strength we have in the east, highlighted by the continuation of the wet land planting in North Brighton, and the Southshore local ideas to mitigate sea level rise. Spencerville is a good example of a strong community network working together.