Council to continue investigating options for information centre

Tuesday 22 May, 2018

Ashburton Mayor Donna Favel says that the Council will continue exploring options for the Ashburton information centre building on East Street, after local radio station, Hokonui announced yesterday that they would be unable to relocate the radio station to the vacant building.

Hokonui had approached the Council in December last year offering to investigate moving the station to the building with the intention of broadcasting and providing a visitor information service, however the move has since been found to be uneconomical.

They had been seeking to have the building continue to be a place for visitors to find local information.

“It is unfortunate that Hokonui is not able to go ahead with this proposal, and we appreciate their efforts to help find a workable and welcome solution for the building. Although this offer will not proceed, we will continue to consider other options for the building,” Mayor Favel says.

NZME Local Team Leader at Hokonui, Carol Johns says the capital expenditure hurdles ultimately claimed the plan, and that the proposal had been enthusiastically endorsed by locals and businesses.

“Essentially, we were looking at business as usual where we are at Somerset House, or coming up with a way to fund around $200,000 of new capital expenditure, and the returns for our company to warrant that just didn’t stack up.

“We are naturally disappointed, as we had really hoped this could work well for the town. We’d like to extend our heartfelt thanks for the enthusiastic way the idea was received,” she says.

In the absence of services at the information centre building on East Street, a satellite information presence is available in the Ashburton Library on Havelock Street, and visitor information is also available at the Somerset Grocer on Burnett Street.​

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