Media Statement - Future of the SA Whale Centre
The following is a statement from City of Victor Harbor Mayor Graham Philp about the future of the SA Whale Centre:
“The City of Victor Harbor’s draft 2017/18 budget reflects the continuation of the SA Whale Centre as normal.
“Council is in the early stages of its draft budget preparation and no changes to the SA Whale Centre are currently proposed.
“Statements that suggest a decision has been made to close the SA Whale Centre are incorrect, and I am deeply concerned that misinformation is being communicated to our community.
“Council has undertaken an extensive review of its economic development and tourism services, which included the SA Whale Centre, and as a result wanted to look at opportunities to collaborate with other marine-based tourism or education operators. In particular, we have been keenly waiting to hear more about Oceanic Victor’s plans for Granite Island and if there was potential to find a link for the SA Whale Centre.
“While Council understands that services like the SA Whale Centre provide important economic and social benefits to our community, we do have a responsibility to ensure they are efficient, meet the needs of our community and align with the Council’s strategic vision for Victor Harbor. Hence, the frank discussions about the future of the SA Whale Centre during last night’s draft budget discussions.
“If members of the community are interested in Council’s budget processes and considerations, the meetings are open for the public to observe.
“I strongly encourage that the community involves itself in Council’s 2017/18 budget process during the consultation period which will run from 11 May until 6 June.
“Further information about the consultation period for the draft 2017/18 Annual Business Plan and Budget will be provided to the community in the near future.”