Council clarifies Venture-Vibrant plans
Invercargill City Council members used a joint committee meeting of Venture Southland yesterday to set the record straight regarding Vibrant Invercargill.
Confusion regarding Venture Southland taking over the role of Vibrant Invercargill was raised at the meeting by Invercargill city councillor Carolyn Dean and council chief executive Richard King.
The meeting agenda says council had invited Venture Southland to explore service delivery options for the city centre to ensure it was revitalised and operated as a vibrant space.
Venture Southland had prepared a proposal for consideration based on key priorities including promotion and events, business attraction activities, and the relationship between business community and council.
The agenda item was "taken as read" and not discussed in detail at the public meeting.
However, city council representatives went back to the issue later in the meeting to make a "clarification".
Ms Dean told the committee there had been a lot of misconception about council discussions and she wanted to clarify issues regarding the service delivery of Vibrant Invercargill and the city centre management.
Venture would not be taking over the city centre management role as some people had been saying, she said.
Council had been in negotiations with Venture about service options such as promotion.
A city centre manager had still to be appointed and how this would happen was yet to be discussed by council, she said.
"I just want to point out that nothing has been fully developed yet and no conclusion made".
Mr King said council had started discussions with Venture about service delivery options and had agreed to appoint a city manager but that role had still to be discussed by council.
It was highly likely Venture would be involved in some aspect of service but it had yet to be decided what role it would take, he said.
The council had decided to keep Vibrant going until the end of June next year but from then the service would change and Vibrant would cease service delivery, he said.
The change was because businesses had indicated they wanted closer ties to the council, he said.
Venture Southland enterprise and strategic projects group manager Steve Canny said Venture had yet to discuss with council what role it would take.
It would be clarified during the next month, he told the meeting.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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