New coordinator for Catlins Coast
Catlins Coast Inc has a new project coordinator.
Quietly breaking herself into the role since July 1 has been longstanding Kaka Pt resident Lisa Biginato.
Having familiarised herself with the many facets of her new post over recent weeks, Biginato is now champing at the bit to get things rolling, and wants to hear from those keen to make a positive difference in the increasingly popular tourist region.
‘‘The project coordinator role is all about working closely with the other organisations that have a stake in the Catlins, and making sure everybody is kept informed through regular and effective communications,’’ she said.
‘‘With the recent launch of the Catlins Coast Inc revised 2016-2026 Catlins Community Tourism Strategy, it’s my job to help facilitate the drive forward alongside other organisations, and deliver the projects identified.’’
Originally from the United Kingdom, Biginato had lived in the Catlins for 20 years, during which she had retained a keen interest in the local area and been involved in various community activities. Others who wished to volunteer time, skills and resources to the benefit of future Catlins projects should get in touch, she said.
‘‘Catlins visitor numbers have jumped by 15 per cent over the past year, and by at least a third since 2008, so it would seem we’re becoming a very popular destination within New Zealand, highlighting the importance of the projects ahead.’’
A wide range of projects had been identified, prioritisation one of her tasks.
‘‘There’s a lot to be done, including event planning, further regional interpretation panels for places like Slope Point, and reviewing the Catlins care code, brochure and tear-off map, so I’m with first looking forward to getting some of these things happening on the ground, and coming to eventual fruition.’’
Outdoor enthusiasts could look forward to a scenic Catlins walk early in the New Year, with details to be confirmed, Biginato said.
The Catlins Coast website, catlins.org.nz, would be regularly updated with events and calls for volunteers, with interested parties also able to find the Tourism Strategy online at the site.
People wishing to volunteer could also contact her directly, at firstname.lastname@example.org.