Abandon ship?

NEW ERA FOR LADY NELSON: Lady Nelson Discovery Centre and Visitor Information Centre team leader Lisa Braes and Mount Gambier City Council general manager for city growth Judy Nagy discuss a report which recommends dramatically scaling back services at the Lady Nelson centre to improve the city's visitor information services. 	    Picture: BRITTANY DENTON

NEW ERA FOR LADY NELSON: Lady Nelson Discovery Centre and Visitor Information Centre team leader Lisa Braes and Mount Gambier City Council general manager for city growth Judy Nagy discuss a report which recommends dramatically scaling back services at the Lady Nelson centre to improve the city's visitor information services. Picture: BRITTANY DENTON


AN INDEPENDENT consultant has recommended dramatically scaling back services at the Lady Nelson Visitor and Discovery Centre following a comprehensive review of the city's visitor information services.

A report received by Mount Gambier City Council this month outlined potential visitor service improvements, including decommissioning the iconic discovery centre and finding a new role for the 30-year-old building.

Council has spent $650,000 improving the facility in the last five years with the rebuild of the replica Lady Nelson brig in 2012 and construction of a permanent bus shelter in 2013.

Operating expenses at the discovery centre and adjoining visitor information centre amounted to $595,404 in 2015/16, with revenues of only $75,042 for a net annual cost of $520,362.


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