Steam­punk eco­nomic ben­e­fit study re­shaped

Otago Daily Times - - Regions - SHAN­NON GIL­LIES

A STUDY to un­cover the eco­nomic ben­e­fits of the Steam­punk move­ment to Oa­maru is be­ing re­shaped.

In June, Waitaki Mayor Gary Kircher talked about cre­at­ing an eco­nomic ben­e­fits study with the help of Univer­sity of Otago stu­dents.

With the ar­rivel of new Waitaki Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive Fer­gus Power, the study plan had changed, Mr Kircher said.

Any eco­nomic ben­e­fit study that would hap­pen would cover other tourism events.

The idea of the study would be to help the coun­cil, Tourism Waitaki and other groups make de­ci­sions ‘‘in that space’’, Mr Kircher said.

‘‘We could be do­ing more.’’

Other events and sites that could be cov­ered in­cluded Dun­troon’s ge­ol­ogy­ and fos­sil­based Van­ished World and the Alps to Ocean cy­cle trail.

Hav­ing a level of data at hand would be help­ful.

He said dis­cus­sions so far were lean­ing to­wards the pos­si­bil­ity of an in­tern be­ing brought into the coun­cil to cre­ate the study.

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