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It’s time to review the Hub
Members of the community have made great use of the two ICT Hubs over the past two and a half years - now we have to decide how to make them pay their way.
The Marton and Ratana community computer hubs have seen 15,000 visits last year and now it’s time to review their operation with feedback from users and the community.
The Information Computer Technology Hub (ICT Hub) has been operating in two sites (Marton and Ratana) since November 2010.
Manager Angela Coleman says, “We have made our government setup funding last as long as we could, but if we carry on as usual, we will run out of reserves within the next year or so. We need $70,000 per annum to continue the same, but are bringing in $35,000, mostly from trust funds and with smaller amounts from our users.”
“This is a great community asset – there were more than 10,000 visits to the Marton Hub and 5,000 visits to the Ratana Hub last year (mostly just using the computers, but also many people learning and getting help/instruction). If you have some ideas about how we can make it more financially sustainable, then we want to hear those ideas.”
“We are holding a strategic planning meeting on Monday May 20, facilitated by district council officer Denise Servante, at the Rangitikei District Council offices, High St in Marton from 5pm to 7pm. We would welcome anyone who has a passion for what digital technology can do to help people earn a living; connect with others, etc, etc.”
The chair of the ICT trust resigned recently, so the remaining trustees are looking to bring new members on board.
“If that sounds like you, then come along and meet us all and let’s see if we can work together and take us to a whole new level of activity,” says Angela. The strategic planning session called ‘Where to from here for the Hub” is on Monday May 20 from 5-7pm at the Rangitikei District Council chambers, High St, Marton and is for anyone who thinks the computer hub is a great community asset and wants to see it become more financially sustainable