Plans to rejuvenate Invercargill have been boosted with the Invercargill i-SITE confirmed to move to the inner-city.

The Invercargill visitor and information centre will move to a purpose-built portable building in Wachner place in early September, 2018.

Several locations were considered by Venture Southland who is responsible for the operation and management of the Invercargill i-SITE.

Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson said the location of Wachner Place, along with the facilities already in place, made it the most suitable option for the i-SITE in the immediate future.

“Locating the i-SITE in Wachner Place will contribute to a vibrant and interactive city centre that benefits visitors, local businesses and residents,” Casson said.

Construction for the purpose-built portable building will begin in early August by a local company.

Casson said using a portable building in Wachner Place allowed the i-SITE to have a presence in the city centre while construction of other inner city developments took place.

The services offered by the Invercargill i-SITE will remain the same, however, there will be a change in coach stops for visitors travelling to and from Invercargill.

Once construction is complete coaches will arrive and depart from Wachner Place instead of Queens Park.

Casson said this was a great move for Southland’s coach lines as it would bring more people into the inner-city.

“The i-SITE relocating in Wachner Place is a positive development for the city, and wider Southland region,” Casson said.

The Invercargill i-SITE has been temporarily based at the Northend Bowls Club following the decision by the Invercargill City Council to close the museum in April, where it had previously operated out of.

Casson was appreciative of the vast amount of support received while seeking a new location and thanked the Northend Bowling Club for accommodating the i-SITE during this time.

“Thanks to the generous support of the Northend Bowls club we have been able to ensure minimal disruption for visitors to Invercargill while a new location has been found,” Casson said.