SRDF Hosts Busi­ness Stake­hold­ers' Meet­ing

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The Soufriere Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (SRDF) con­tin­ues to per­sis­tently meet its man­date to fos­ter eco­nomic, cul­tural and so­cial de­vel­op­ment in a man­ner that is re­spon­sive to the needs and as­pi­ra­tions of the com­mu­nity.

On Mon­day March 27, 2017, the SRDF hosted a busi­ness stake­hold­ers' con­sul­ta­tion at the Cool Breeze Con­fer­ence Room in­tended to com­mu­ni­cate the de­vel­op­men­tal plans at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s sites.

Ac­cord­ing to the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of SRDF, Jimmy Haynes, “The stake­hold­ers are the pa­trons and sup­pli­ers of our ser­vices; there­fore, it is im­por­tant that they are a part of the dis­cus­sion."

Haynes be­lieves that there should be more con­sul­ta­tions on all dif­fer­ent lev­els. He added that their aim is to make these fo­rums a con­sis­tent part of their pub­lic re­la­tion strat­egy to stim­u­late com­pre­hen­sive and gen­uine dis­course with the stake­hold­ers.

The gath­er­ing was also in­formed of the fee struc­ture changes on en­trance to the Sul­phur Springs Park and the Gros Pi­ton Na­ture Trail which will take ef­fect on Oc­to­ber 1, 2017. The new fee will be a con­sol­i­da­tion of the Black Wa­ter pool bath, com­bi­na­tion pack­ages and guided tour.

One busi­ness stake­holder, Chef Or­lando Satchell, pro­pri­etor of Or­lando’s Restau­rant, ex­pressed his thoughts on the con­sul­ta­tion: “I was im­pressed with the meet­ing. It was very in­for­ma­tive and the idea was very pos­i­tive.”

Mr. Satchell added that he is look­ing for­ward to at­tend­ing the fol­low-up ses­sion and many oth­ers.

The SRDF is a non­profit com­pany lo­cated in Soufriere. Its man­date is to un­der­take so­cial, cul­tural, hu­man re­source, tourism and in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment in the Soufriere area. The or­gan­i­sa­tion ,which was es­tab­lished in 1993, gen­er­ates rev­enues from its op­er­a­tional sites: the Sul­phur Springs Park, Gros Pi­ton Na­ture Trail, Com­fort Cen­tre, Soufriere jet­ties and 88.5 Soufriere FM.

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