Ser­vices ten­dered

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

Vis­i­tor cen­tre ser­vices in­Kar­ratha are planned to be ad­ver­tised for ten­der next year, with the City of Kar­ratha coun­cil opt­ing to change the sta­tus quo.

More than $400,000 has been al­lo­cated be­tween the Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne vis­i­tor cen­tres to keep them run­ning un­til the end of 2016, at which point it is hoped a suc­cess­ful ten­der ap­pli­cant will have been de­cided for the next two years.

Kar­ratha Vis­i­tor Cen­tre will re­ceive up to $190,000 next year, while Roe­bourne will re­ceive up to $215,000, which will cover op­er­a­tional costs as well as im­prove­ments to the build­ings.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said vis­i­tor cen­tre ser­vices needed to adapt to the chang­ing na­ture of the in­dus­try.

“The City is look­ing at how we can en­cour­age new tourism prod­ucts and mar­ket our fan­tas­tic des­ti­na­tion and we need to bal­ance this with ser­vic­ing the tourists that are al­ready com­ing through our vis­i­tor cen­tres,” he said.

“Both the Kar­ratha and Roe­bourne cen­tres have ex­tremely pas­sion­ate teams.”

RVC chair­man Bruce Jor­gen­son said it was dif­fi­cult to com­ment on the ten­der process as the “na­ture and con­di­tion” of it was un­clear.

“RVC are very con­fi­dent that with the ex­cel­lent team that we have in our vis­i­tor cen­tre, with their wealth of knowl­edge and com­mit­ment to the area, along with our new ini­tia­tives, that we would be in a very strong po­si­tion to com­pete with other ten­der­ers,” he said. “We are very pleased that the City of Kar­ratha has clearly in­di­cated their sup­port for, and con­fi­dence in the Roe­bourne Vis­i­tor Cen­tre for the next 18 months.”

He said the cen­tre had been given a clear man­date to im­prove and ex­pand qual­ity of ser­vice.

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