Lorraine Davidson in the new premises

Development board’s positive move

by Andy Bryenton

The Dargaville Community Development Board has completed a move to new premises, expanding their options to foster growth and positive change in the west Kaipara town.

After four years in walk-up offices above the town’s Muddy Waters art gallery, the DCDB’s Lorraine Davidson says that the move was a necessary step forward to continue a growing list of good works.

“We’ve moved to the main street of Dargaville to be closer to our constituents and the business community,” she says.

“With the added bonus of greater visibility, ease of access for people coming to talk to us, and the option to share our space with those who share our goals. In the future, this could mean the establishment of a cooperative co-working space we can share with others. We’re also discussing with the Chamber of Commerce the provision of a ‘hot desk’ for the business sector.”

The new offices, in Fosters Arcade, off Victoria Street in Dargaville house four part-time staff members to support the board’s desired outcomes, and maintain an open-door policy five days a week. Their portfolios encompass the development of projects and initiatives throughout the town; a retirement village, a co-working facility, the promotion and marketing of Dargaville and its environs, a website and social media presence, community events, CCTV security, business support and management of community housing in Dargaville and Ruawai.

That’s a hefty commitment and an extensive list of achievements for the four years since the inception of the DCDB. The move to new, more easily accessed and more modern premises is a progressive step along the path to delivering the outcomes set out in the board’s mission statement: “To support, facilitate and empower business and community organisations, throughout the district to grow a robust and attractive environment. One in which residents and visitors alike can thrive.”