by Al Williams
Waimate Community Link has renewed a contract with the Government to provide a range of services to the community.
Waimate Community Link co-ordinator Jakki Guilford said the contract to deliver Heartland Services, a face-to-face service which supports government agencies, had been renewed for three years.
Waimate Community Link, formerly known as the Waimate District Resource Trust, moved premises from the old Salvation Army building to the Waimate Events Centre in November last year.
Ms Guilford said its objective was to serve as a rural hub for government agencies.
“Heartland Services supplies us with forms, email and postal services.
“People can access services such as Work and Income New Zealand [Winz], Inland Revenue and Corrections through this office.
“We also work with other community agencies with space for a public health nurse and budget advice services.
“There is a really broad range of services.”
The Waimate District Resource Trust had expressed interest in moving to the Waimate Events Centre when the building was in the design phase, Ms Guilford said.
“The events centre is really the hub for the community now.
“We still co-ordinate activities in the old Salvation Army hall.
“It is still being used as a dance studio, by Boys Brigade and other community groups.”
Heartland Services is administered by the Ministry of Social Development and offers people in rural communities the opportunity to discuss issues with government agency representatives in person.
Service centres are “one-stop shops” offering services and information from a range of government organisations.