New plans to take area beyond

2019-04-30 06:00
Standing: Cris Riego de Dios, Sergio Capellino, Richard Valentine, Aimee Kuhl, Ian Egan-Fowler and Bev Frieslich. Seated: Sue Kinnell, Leigh Mobsby and Jan Lill.  PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

Standing: Cris Riego de Dios, Sergio Capellino, Richard Valentine, Aimee Kuhl, Ian Egan-Fowler and Bev Frieslich. Seated: Sue Kinnell, Leigh Mobsby and Jan Lill. PHOTO: Racine Edwardes

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Since banding together to form Fish Hoek 100 and Beyond, members of the non-profit organisation (NPO) have successfully facilitated a number of events and initiatives; now ushering in a new year with plans to further improve their community.

The NPO was formed at the start of the community’s centennial year in 2018, to commemorate the formation of the suburb 100 years before, and also to collaborate with other residents on various projects and events that would take place.

Several momentous occasions later, the committee reconvened to bounce new ideas around for the upcoming year.

The NPO’s meeting was attended by ward 64 councillor, Aimee Kuhl.

“Phase two really is focusing on specific projects. The centenary has just been a springboard to launch into the next phase – which is to make Fish Hoek the commercial hub of the Deep South,” says Cris Riego de Dios, the legal expert of the committee.

Richard Valentine, the organisation’s tourism expert, explained that there were some events suitable to take place only once, but some of them could become annual occasions to bring the community together.

One goal identified for the upcoming year is to become more accessible to the public in order to facilitate the implementation of valuable initiatives, events and development in the community.

The organisation also aims to position Fish Hoek as a ‘destination and not just a drive-thru’, where the families in the community can see the benefit of investing inwards and visitors can stay for longer than just the usual day trip.

“Fish Hoek’s brand is that it’s intergenerational – there are the old and the young, and there are families. Fish Hoek should be the family place,” said Kuhl, who is eager to see the NPO work on projects that will incorporate the entire family.

Various suggestions were made to host family fun days or to create wall climbing spaces, for example, to achieve their family-orientation goal. One of the concepts which was well liked by the entire committee was suggested by Bev Frieslich from the Rotary Club Cape of Good Hope.

The idea is to create and erect a “welcome wall” as visitors enter Fish Hoek, to make a statement that they have arrived in an area of interest and that there is much to do.

“Fish Hoek is a destination that is different to Kalk Bay or Muizenburg. There’s massive potential here and we’ve got it all, we just have to piece it together,” said Riego de Dios.

The committee is still in talks regarding the key events and initiatives to be identified for the year ahead.

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