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    Number 10 Youth One Stop Shop receptionist Jasmine Stanley prepares to collect signatures for the organisation's petition in Esk St on Wednesday. Photo: Hayden Williams

    Number 10 Youth One Stop Shop director Candace Bangura said youths who used the service at Number 10 would also be collecting signatures in Esk St.

    About 1000 signatures had been collected so far in protest at the Invercargill City Council’s (ICC) proposal to sell the property at 10 Deveron St, which the service operated from, to a developer, she said.

    Staff from Number 10 and members of the Invercargill Citizens Bowling Club, also on Deveron St, were told by council staff last month they would not have their leases renewed when they expired in March next year, as both properties could be sold.

    ICC chief executive Richard King said if the sale went ahead, “a one-stop shop medical centre which could cost as much as $30 million” would be built on the site.

    Ms Bangura said people collecting signatures in the community had been asked to bring them to Number 10 tomorrow.

    Invercargill Citizens Bowling Club support secretary Delma Sands said club members had collected “close to 3000” signatures for their separate petition to the ICC.

    The two petitions would be submitted to the ICC before the next council meeting on September 26, when council was expected to make a decision on whether the Deveron St properties would be sold.

    The Number 10 Youth One Stop Shop petition is also available to sign online at www.number10.org.nz.

    To find out more click here.

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