Epic hallucination of a council relocation

I wish to be the first to congratulate the decision of the Gisborne District Council to rethink its plans for the rebuilding of the council offices on the existing site, in favour of already-owned council land out of the city centre. Their realisation that being a district council and not a city council, there is no requirement or advantage for their location in that particular prime riverside site to either council or ratepayers, and their decision to relocate council offices out of the CBD is one to be commended.

In fact, significant advantages apply with an out-of-town site for a district council, as they have now realised. Furthermore, their forward-thinking decision to use the existing site (which is prime Gisborne real estate) as an inducement to Poverty Bay tourism is to be applauded.

The council decision to offer this amazing site free of any cost and rates-free for five years to a hotel developer prepared to construct a 120-room minimum hotel with conference facilities is clearly in line with their plans for the future of Gisborne — and exactly in line with the type of forward-thinking move many other councils around the world have put in place to promote and grow their district.

This will now put Gisborne in fair competition with all other similar-sized (and smaller) cities in New Zealand for the effective capturing of national and international conferences which are reluctant to have delegates spread over many properties or at outside conference facilities — the main reason why our city suffers so badly by not being considered by convention organisers.

The hotel’s marketing efforts and marketing expenditure to ensure high occupancy of the hotel from all tourist sources will additionally provide a substantial saving in council promotional expenditure — a win-win for GDC ratepayers, the hotel operator, employment for locals, and a new progressive future for Gisborne clearly on track.

It appears that the GDC are now dedicated to ensuring our city does not become yet another regional zombie town, and is very effectively planning and paving the way forward for a future for Gisborne, and for this must be congratulated.

Forti non Ignavo

I wish to be the first to congratulate the decision of the Gisborne District Council to rethink its plans for the rebuilding of the council offices on the existing site, in favour of already-owned council land out of the city centre. Their realisation that being a district council and not a city council, there is no requirement or advantage for their location in that particular prime riverside site to either council or ratepayers, and their decision to relocate council offices out of the CBD is one to be commended.

In fact, significant advantages apply with an out-of-town site for a district council, as they have now realised. Furthermore, their forward-thinking decision to use the existing site (which is prime Gisborne real estate) as an inducement to Poverty Bay tourism is to be applauded.

The council decision to offer this amazing site free of any cost and rates-free for five years to a hotel developer prepared to construct a 120-room minimum hotel with conference facilities is clearly in line with their plans for the future of Gisborne — and exactly in line with the type of forward-thinking move many other councils around the world have put in place to promote and grow their district.

This will now put Gisborne in fair competition with all other similar-sized (and smaller) cities in New Zealand for the effective capturing of national and international conferences which are reluctant to have delegates spread over many properties or at outside conference facilities — the main reason why our city suffers so badly by not being considered by convention organisers.

The hotel’s marketing efforts and marketing expenditure to ensure high occupancy of the hotel from all tourist sources will additionally provide a substantial saving in council promotional expenditure — a win-win for GDC ratepayers, the hotel operator, employment for locals, and a new progressive future for Gisborne clearly on track.

It appears that the GDC are now dedicated to ensuring our city does not become yet another regional zombie town, and is very effectively planning and paving the way forward for a future for Gisborne, and for this must be congratulated.

Forti non Ignavo

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Peter Jones - 11 days ago
So the site preparation we are currently witnessing is the preamble to a hotel and has nothing to do with the construction of a new council. How bizarre can it get?
How many people have known about this all along?
We did not get to vote on this.

Peter Jones - 11 days ago
Is this a leg pull? I haven't been watching the news lately.

Barb Woods - 10 days ago
Now if only this was true and our Council was so forward thinking.

Winston Moreton - 9 days ago
At last someone with the wit to realise tourism brings its own reward. Pity we are last cab off the rank. Queenstown started in 1973.

Peter Jones - 7 days ago
Do you really want our town to end up like Queenstown Winston? I wouldn't wish that on the people of Gisborne. It's coming soon enough as it is.

Cherrie - 6 days ago
We've been fleeced!

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