Focus on the Land
Heart of Gisborne working for the city CBD
Friday, August 10, 2012
A RANGE of events delivered by city centre promoters Heart of Gisborne were outlined in chairman Scott McSloy’s report to the group’s AGM.
These included “know your neighbour meetings”, and the 2011 Christmas parade.
The Christmas parade has a change of route this year. The parade will travel along Gladstone Road as it did in earlier days.
“The idea is to bring it back into the CBD. It will actually shut down less of the CBD. The idea is to have a party, a bit of a festive occasion. There will be a huge amount of activity in the city.
“Large, flat-deck trailers will be developed by EIT so people can work on them through the year.”
During Rhythm and Vines, Heart of Gisborne funded the free shoppers bus to carry BW campers to the city centre. In partnership with The Herald, the group is working on the 2012 shopping and dining guides. These will be published on October 1.
Heart of Gisborne manager Ken Huberts said parking fees were still a hot topic.
“I think this can be improved. We don’t want to drive people away from the city.”
Another hot topic is busking in the CBD. Heart of Gisborne was keen to see buskers in the CBD, because they added vibrancy, said Mr Huberts.
“We want them to get a licence. We want to support buskers but people expect a reasonable level of talent.”
The group is working on getting wifi into the CBD by Christmas, although Mr Huberts said this was not as simple as it might sound.
The financial year ended with a $20,000 surplus.
On the rates demand, the council adds a specific levy to any building in the heart of the Gisborne area. The levy is collected by the council on Heart of Gisborne’s behalf and forwarded to the group every quarter.
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