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Record visitor numbers for Council Controlled Organisations

Tauranga City Council received today the annual reports for its four Council Controlled Organisations (CCOs): Bay Venues Limited, Tauranga Art Gallery Trust, Tourism Bay of Plenty and Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services Ltd.

The annual reports outline the CCO’s performance against set targets for the 2016/17 financial year. Chairwoman of both the CCO working group and Audit, Finance, Risk & Monitoring Committee, Councillor Gail McIntosh welcomes the annual reports showcasing the results of the working-relationship between Council and its CCOs.

“They demonstrate how successfully our CCO’s implement strategies for the benefit of Tauranga’s citizens,“ Ms McIntosh said.

“The four annual reports summarise the performance of each organisation against objectives previously set in the Statement of Intent. These are developed collaboratively between Council and the CCO boards and outline each organisation’s vision and what it will focus on.

”The CCOs annual reports address how each organisation successfully supports Tauranga in becoming an internationally competitive city that aims to provide a higher standard of living for all.”

In 2016/17, Bay Venues Limited (BVL) hosted a record number of almost two million visitors. BVL’s 24 facilities, including community centres and halls, indoor sports facilities as well as ASB Arena and Stadium, were used for over 97,000 hours during the financial year.

ASB Baypark Stadium and ASB Arena secured notable numbers of major events. Both significantly exceeded their targets of six major events with 15 major events at ASB Baypark Stadium and 11 major events at ASB Arena.

With 86,610 visitors, the Tauranga Art Gallery has seen the highest visitor numbers since the gallery opened 10 years ago. It was named one of the top seven art galleries in New Zealand by Culture Trip following the Paradox Inside exhibition with one of the largest collections of Banksy works on display.

Paradox Inside as part of Paradox: Tauranga Street Art Festival organised by Tauranga City Council in collaboration with Oi YOU! and Tauranga Art Gallery, exceeded the targets with a total visitation of 49,185 in three months.

The gallery’s art education programmes attracted the highest number of young people to have ever taken part with 10,949 participants. Over the course of the financial year, the gallery delivered 16 exhibitions that covered a broad range of genres and subjects: Buddhist medicine mandala, wildflower garden project, street art, Miles Art Awards, historical painting, Maori ceramics etc.

All targets set by the Statement of Intent for Bay of Plenty Local Authority Shared Services Ltd have been achieved. 15 new local government organisations joined the portal in 2016/17, bringing it up to a membership of 40 councils. With 59 organisations in total and 516 users BOPLASS increased its awareness and has seen central government agencies expressing interest in participating in the portal as a way of engaging directly with councils.

Tourism Bay of Plenty’s Annual Report was presented for information only and will be presented to the TCC-WBOPDC Joint Governance Committee on Wednesday, 27 September.

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