Photo above: Kay Baker (right) hands over the keys to the Whangamata Information Service to Richard White (left) The Whangamata Information Service (620 Port Rd) will be under the management of the Whangamata Multisport Club Inc, effective from 1 July 2020. The new manager, Richard White, introduced himself to the Whangamata Board Community Board at their July meeting and explained the club’s vision is to refine the current business model to one that is community focused, but sustainable and ready for growth as the world has changed post COVID-19. Their aim is to deliver on the potential that exists and to create a community hub that is open, collaborative and supportive to all businesses and stakeholders. “I would like to acknowledge Community Board member Kay Baker and the Whangamata Community Garden Trust for doing a fantastic job of keeping the service running and we’re excited to build on that,” says Mr White. The Board has recommended to Council to also reconsider the Service Level Agreement funding for the Information Centre as part of the 2021-31 Long Term Plan process. The day-to-day management of all six visitor centres and two I-sites in our district is the responsibility of the service provider, with our Council providing a set amount of funding through a service level agreement.