Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Mobile service vans to better connect Whakatāne

Whakatāne District Council is launching two new vans to bring Council services and information closer to rural and isolated communities.

The vans, funded by the Department of Internal Affairs Better Off Funding package, will be ready by the end of 2024. They will be equipped with laptops, free Wi-Fi, printers, and other adaptable technology as well as access to library borrowing services and some Council services.

Council General Manager Community Experience, Georgina Fletcher says He Waka Hono Hapori Community Connections Outreach Initiative aims to overcome the barriers that limit residents in outlying areas from being well-informed and supported.

“We want everyone to have easier access to Council services and resources. By deploying these vans, we aim to establish stronger connections and collaborations within rural and remote areas,” said Mrs Fletcher.

It is intended that one van will serve the northern areas of the district, including Rangitāiki, Tāneatua, Waimana, Ōhope and Whakatāne Community Boards. The other van will serve the southern areas of the district, from the Matahina Dam inland, including the Murupara Community Board areas and Te Urewera, Murupara, and Galatea-Waiohau Subdivisions.

The vans are expected to arrive by June and will undergo a special fit out before being ready to service the communities. 

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