Event centre draws public

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Demand for use of the Waimate Event Centre is high six months after its official opening, the Waimate District Council says.
Council property and regulatory manager Sue Kelly said the biggest challenge for the imminent winter season had been in making sure all users could be accommodated “as the demand for space is very high”.
Her comments follow a report highlighting the centre’s progress since its official opening on December 17, 2016.
“I expect that the steady increase in the number of users noted in the report is a fairly good indication of the increase in usage of the facility,” Ms Kelly said.
“The school holiday programme entertained 350-plus children over eight day-time sessions.
“We are currently consolidating our position and ensuring that everything is running well behind the scenes to support the events and activities which are booked for the coming months, before we look too far ahead.”
The centre attracted 1143 casual users and visitors in the first three months this year.
The inclusion of the Waimate Information and Community Link into the centre had created a “busyness” on site, and the full-time presence of staff and their warm welcome was appreciated by the many customers and visitors, Ms Kelly said.
“There is a steady stream of casual users and visitors coming in during the days and evenings to play sports, spectate or to just simply look around the centre.”
Those numbers were steadily increasing, as demonstrated by the figures, she said.
“Statistical information has been gathered but we are improving the way in which it is collated to ensure that we are able to provide quality data for future projects,” Ms Kelly said.
Further up-to-date user numbers were unavailable to The Courier before publication deadline.