VISITORS to Bluff will benefit from an information kiosk being established on Gore St.
Bluff 2024 spokeswoman Michele Rutherford said the town had never had an i-Site or comprehensive tourist information centre.
A group of stakeholders including Bluff 2024, Bluff Promotions and Invercargill City Council’s (ICC) Parks division, had worked together to establish the kiosk which would give information on activities as well as early history of Maori and Pakeha settlement and key industries in the town during the past almost 200 years.
“Meetings were held, the community consulted and a concept design commissioned,” she said.
“David Greig, of Innate Designs, produced the concept plan which has been accepted by the kiosk steering committee which is being led by Bluff 2024.”
The proposed kiosk would be a modern, eye-catching, inviting place where visitors to Bluff would want to stop for information which let them know about Bluff’s character and identity, she said.
“The kiosk complex will also benefit Bluff’s residents by giving them a central meeting hub.
“It will be a nicely landscaped, welcoming space with seating and shelter where residents will have the opportunity to meet casually with other residents or visitors from around the world.
“Conversations will be held and new connections and friendships will be made.”
The kiosk would replace the old information sign near the senior citizens building which was in a poor location for people visiting Bluff.
“The new kiosk has been designed to take into consideration the existing landscaping and sculpture in the proposed area.
“It is designed to be highly visible to traffic and has excellent parking areas. It will also be the Bluff terminus for the cycle trail.”
Fundraising was well under way with donations being received at the time of writing from Urwins, Bluff 2024, Bluff Promotions as well as from private donors.
The group hoped to progress the ground works and initial landscaping for the site as soon as possible, with those funds already secured, Ms Rutherford said.
The kiosk was one of five Bluff projects that was put forward by ICC to the Provincial Growth Fund. The others were the Invercargill to Bluff Cycle Trail (Awarua to Bluff section), the upgrade of the main Bluff recreational boat ramp, BHMETs Bluff Hill Wilding Pines Restoration Project, Stirling Point reconfiguration (parking).