Merimbula Visitor Information Centre's relocation due to finish in October

Merimbula Visitor Information Centre.
Merimbula Visitor Information Centre.

Merimbula Tourism is relocating the current Merimbula Visitor Information Centre to a new home in the Centrepoint Arcade in the town's CBD.

A spokesperson for Merimbula Tourism, which is a predominantly volunteer-run organisation with a membership of over 180 local tourism businesses, said as the aging centre is celebrating its 37th year it is time for it to move to a new home.

Plans for the move have been in motion since the organisation was advised two years ago of the Bega Valley Shire Council's intentions to redevelop the current location on Beach St as a part of the Merimbula Redevelopment Plan.

The centre's move is now due for completion later this month.

Merimbula Tourism has received financial support for the move from its membership base, the local clubs including Club Sapphire and the RSL, council, as well as government support.

The spokesperson said the move would not have been possible without contributions of time, materials and support from local suppliers and businesses.

"In an unprecedented show of support for the future of tourism in Merimbula, local businesses have literally come out of the woodwork to ensure the success of this important and necessary move, subscribing to the shared vision of a better resourced and more secure home for the new visitor information centre, backing the great potential of the new resource to support visitors and the community, to access and utilise the services of local businesses and tourism sector," they said.

The designer of the new centre, Mark Watson of MAW Design, has provided guidance for the contemporary fit-out.

North Eden Timber have provided subsidised recycled Australian hardwood that will feature extensively throughout the contemporary setting.

Trubuilt supplied discounted cabinetry in support of this community project.

Bringing it all together, Collin Terry has risen to the occasion with his team of builders.

Building owner Robert Green has been instrumental in helping the visitor information centre find its new home, guiding the fit-out process and allowing occupation for a yearly rate of $1.

"With a welcoming team of knowledgeable volunteers, the visitor information centre will continue its service and support of Merimbula Tourism Inc members by marketing and promoting their businesses and the great destination of Merimbula - the heart of the Sapphire Coast," the spokesperson said.

"The team behind the project includes a roster of dedicated volunteers, a team of two tireless visitor information centre administrators, and the Merimbula Tourism Inc Board."

The new Merimbula Visitor Information Centre will be officially opened next month.