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Opening hours plan hits a snag

Thursday, 28th July, 2011

The opening hours at the Visitor Information Centre (VIC) will stay the same for the time being.

City Council last night decided at its monthly meeting not to cut the hours until it has been determined how it might affect the centre’s accreditation rating.

This could affect such things as whether the “i” tourism signs were allowed.

Council agreed to review the operating hours next month when they had more information.

The VIC will also continue to operate from the Tourist and Travellers Centre on the corner of Blende and Bromide Streets, and Council agreed to seek expressions of interest to fill the vacant spaces.

Councillor Tom Kennedy also suggested the VIC have a presence at the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery - a matter which will also be considered at a later date.

“There already is a small presence in terms of visitor information at the art gallery,” Council General Manager, Frank Zaknich, said after the meeting.

Council had been looking at moving the VIC to Argent Street but there were problems with the lack of parking spaces in the main street.

In order to cut costs, Mr Zaknich had suggested reducing the opening hours of the VIC from 8.30am to 4pm during the high tourist season from March to November, and 8.30am-3pm from December to February.

Mayor Wincen Cuy and councillors John Groenendijk and Neville Gasmier declared a pecuniary interest in the matter and left the Council Chambers during discussion and voting on the matter.

 

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