A uff Board News n e w s l e t t e r from the Bluff C o m m u n i t y Board - July 2005 Kiwibank is coming to town KIWIBANK is to open a branch in Bluff and full banking produces rental income of only $2,000. services will be available early in the New Year, according to However, the Bluff Community Charitable Invercargill Mayor Tim Shadbolt and New Zealand Post Chief Trust will not be subject to the same Executive Officer J ohn All en. overheads as the Council and can access fund ing that Council cannot. l il Mr Shadbolt said that after extensive negotiations the Invercargill City Council had approved the deal which will By transferring ownership to the Charitable finally bring a bank and a full Post Shop back to Bluff. Trust, Bluff will not only gain a bank and Post Shop but the people of Bluff will also gain New Zealand Post Chief Executive John Allen said "we are control over their own Town Hall. delighted to be able to provide Post Shop and banking services to Bluff and look forward to a strong relationship "The Bluff Community Charitable Trust will lease out the old going forward". Service Centre offices and look to better promote use of the Town Hall. Most importantly the Trust will ensure that the Hall Bluff Community Board Chairman Rex Powley welcomed the is retained for the benefit of the community. move and said the announcement of a bank and Post Shop opening in the community was "fantastic news for Bluff'. "This is fantastic news and will provide a one-stop-shop that will benefit both Bluff residents and our tourism industry. At a Mr Powley said that the Bluff Community Board had been time when many small communities have lost all banking and involved in the negotiations and had unanimously supported postal facilities, Bluff is poised to regain these crucial the decision. community services," Mr Powley said. The Council's Bluff Service Centre will be moved and upgraded to include a Kiwibank, Post Shop, Information Town Hall stays in Bluffs hands Centre, Library and Lotto outlet, he said. The Bluff Community Charitable Trust has bought the Bluff Town Hall and Service Centre Complex from the "The Service Centre will be relocated to the former Invercargill City Council for the sum of $1.00, Trust Westpac/Trustbank building at 94-98 Gore Street, which has Chairman Rex Powley has confirmed. been purchased by the Invercargill City Council. Mr Powley said the Trust will lease the total complex for "Council explored a number of options for the siting of the twelve months to Southern Aqua Adventures, which will combined Service Centre complex. The new site won out take over the role of handling all bookings for the Kali. because of its more central location, building suitability and at Existing bookings will be honoured and the Hall will be a total cost of $697,655 it was considerably cheaper than the available forf unctions and events as in the past, he said. $800,000 it would have taken to upgrade the existing Service The Bluff Community Charitable Trust was established in Centre Building. 1996 by the Bluff Community Board as a vehicle to source funding and undertake major projects in thetown. "The upgrade of the new building will take some months, as redesign and building work takes place to install the Kiwibank, The first project was the new viewing platform on Bluff Post Shop, Lotto and Service Centre facilities. Hill which cost in the vicinity of $250,000. The Skateboard Park, new chairs for the Town Hall, funding to assist with In August, the Bluff Service Centre will make an interim move work on the Events Centre, and the Bluff town upgrade into the Lotto and Postal Agency building. This will allow the are just some of the other issues handled by the Trust to business that is currently in the proposed Service Centre date. building at 94-98 Gore Street to move into the old Service Centre building, so the new building can be renovated. It was important that with the new change of venue for the Service Centre and other services that the Town Hall was "The other part of the package is that the Invercargill City retained in community control, Mr Powley said. Council will transfer ownership of the old Service Centre and Bluff Town Hall complex to the Bluff Community Charitable • Kiwibank began operations in March 2002 and now has more than Trustfor$1.00. 300 branches and more than 350,000 customers. It operates in more than 30 towns and city suburbs where there is no other bank. The The Town Hall currently costs ratepayers $43,300 a year and bank is expected to announce its first full year's profit in September.
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