ICC changes Otatara plans after opposition

    The Invercargill City Council building on Esk St, Invercargill. Photo: File

    THE Invercargill City Council has changed plans for a $90,000 bequest from an Otatara resident after strong opposition from the community.

    On Tuesday, councillors approved the development of a community space on Dunns Rd at the Oreti Rd corner.

    It would include an asphalt bike pump track, park benches and an informal play area.

    The reversal followed a petition from 1000 Otatara residents who opposed the council’s initial idea to put the money towards improvements at Fosbender Park.

    Derek Gostelow died in 2019 and left $90,000 to council on the condition the money was spent on community projects within the Otatara area.

    Following public consultation last year, council staff recommended the money go towards the park project.

    However, the project did not please residents who asked the council to revisit its plans.

    An advisory group was formed with Otatara resident Penny Ivey appointed to help communicate the community’s preferred option.

    Council parks and recreation manager Caroline Rain said the council had undertaken a significant amount of consultation with the community about the two options for the proposed plan.

    The first idea was to use the money at Dunns Rd and the second was to use the money at the Taiepa Dune Reserve.

    After considering the advantages and disadvantages of each location, the Dunns Rd option was the one given the most support.