Sup­port for DOC to sub lease of­fice

Taupo Times - - OUT & ABOUT - STEPH RANGI

The Taupo Dis­trict Coun­cil and Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion could be shar­ing premises in Tu­rangi shortly.

An ex­tra­or­di­nary Tu­rangi/Ton­gariro Com­mu­nity Board (TTCB) meet­ing was held on Thurs­day where a re­quest from Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (DOC) for tem­po­rary lease of of­fice space in the Tu­rangi Ser­vice De­liv­ery Cen­tre was re­viewed.

On April 11, 2017, DOC first pre­sented their ap­pli­ca­tion to sub-lease the build­ing which is cur­rently home to Tu­rangi’s coun­cil work­ers. The ap­pli­ca­tion was de­nied. At the May 9 TTCB meet­ing, DOC rep­re­sen­ta­tives Al­lan Munn, op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor for the South­ern South Is­land and Deb­bie Atkin­son, ad­min­is­tra­tion man­ager, pre­sented their ap­pli­ca­tion again.

The ap­pli­ca­tion in­volves DOC tem­po­rar­ily sub­leas­ing 264sqm of the ser­vice cen­tre for three years.

Karen Bala­soglou spoke on be­half of DOC at the ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing. She said their cur­rent rental sit­u­a­tion was no longer suit­able as they have is­sues with noise and some other chal­lenges.

Andy Hema, chair­man of the TTCB, said if DOC did not find a place that was suit­able within Tu­rangi, the 17 staff mem­bers would have to look to base them­selves some­where else – ei­ther Ohakune, Whaka­papa, or Taupo.

‘‘Of course, that re­duces foot traf­fic that will be within our com­mu­nity and as a board that is cer­tainly some­thing we would not like to see,’’ he said.

Tu­rangi coun­cil­lor Tan­gonui Kingi, is in favour of the sub-leas­ing ar­range­ment, and said the fa­cil­ity has been un­der utilised for a num­ber of years.

‘‘It is cer­tainly my opin­ion that our com­mu­nity is in a place of test­ing times and I for one can not sit here and al­low an op­por­tu­nity like this to walk away,’’ he said.

While most coun­cil­lors were in favour of sub­leas­ing, Cnr Zane Cozens has pre­vi­ously lob­bied for Tu­rangi to have its coun­cil build­ing re­built.

Taupo Dis­trict Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive, Gareth Green, said TTCB has rec­om­mended coun­cil sub­lease part of the Tu­rangi Ser­vice Cen­tre to the Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion and if that rec­om­men­da­tion passes at this month’s coun­cil meet­ing, they will un­der­take some re­me­dial work .

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