Res­i­dents ques­tion Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Ser­vices hours

Mansfield Courier - - OPINIONS/PEOPLE - By PAM ZIERK-MAHONEY

LO­CAL res­i­dents Don and Lyn Uren ques­tioned Mans­field Shire coun­cil­lors at last week’s March meet­ing on what was hap­pen­ing at the lo­cal Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre.

Dur­ing pub­lic ques­tion time Mr Uren pointed out to coun­cil­lors that they had just re­turned from trav­el­ling ex­ten­sively and vis­ited many visi­tor in­for­ma­tion cen­tres on their trav­els – all of which had been ex­tremely ac­com­mo­dat­ing and help­ful.

On their re­turn to Mans­field they found the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre here closed af­ter 3pm – much to their sur­prise.

Mr Uren said in­for­ma­tion cen­tres were vi­tal to town­ships such as Mans­field which re­lied on tourism to keep the Coun­try Reser­va­tions (MMBHRS) some $87,000 per year for a book­ing reser­va­tions ser­vice alone, but had to get this off the books.

Mr Green said as MMBHRS - which in­cluded the reser­va­tions book­ing ser­vice - had now been passed on to Buller Hol­i­days, keep­ing the cen­tre open for ex­tended hours was not vi­able.

He said the re­spon­si­bil­ity of run­ning the in­for­ma­tion cen­tre

econ­omy run­ning and to close an in­for­ma­tion cen­tre at 3pm in the af­ter­noon ‘was crazy’. He said he thought coun­cil had “taken its eye off the ball”. Shire chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Alex Green said that the lo­cal in­for­ma­tion cen­tre was cur­rently run­ning fr

RE­DUCED HOURS: The Mans­field Visi­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tre is cur­rently run­ning at re­duced hours – a cir­cum­stance some res­i­dents dis­agree with.

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