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Region’s 8 councils combine on list of projects wanting govt funding

Press Release – Greater Wellington Regional Council
The Chair of Wellington’s Mayoral Forum and Upper Hutt Mayor Wayne Guppy says the region’s Councils are pulling together to respond to the unprecedented impacts of COVID-19 and developing a coordinated response to the government’s infrastructure investment strategy.

“COVID-19 will have a significant impact on people’s well-being, jobs, and businesses right across our region. We have around 530,000 people in our region but only one inter-linked economy, so there’s no point focusing our efforts on any one part of the region and ignoring the plight of others,” said Mayor Guppy.

In response to the government’s call for “shovel ready” projects, the Regional Council and the mayors of the region’s eight local authorities met last week and agreed on a regional approach to the government’s infrastructure investment strategy.

Wellington Regional Shovel ready Projects which can be started in 6-12 months and are of regional benefit:

· Rail station upgrades package

· Rail long distance rolling stock

· Purchase of electric buses

· Public transport real time information system

· Hood Aerodrome

· Wellington City 3 waters growth and resilience package growth

· Porirua 3 waters growth and resilience package

· Lower Hutt 3 waters growth and resilience package

· Regional Bulk Water resilience package

· 3 waters workforce and greener infrastructure

· Port Resilience and growth projects package

· Wellington Convention and Exhibition Centre (WCEC)

· Naenae Pool + Fitness New Build

· Petone and Point Howard Wharf refurbishment

· RiverLink – KGB to Melling stop banks

Mayor of Wellington City Council Andy Foster said: “The Wellington region had significant infrastructure needs before COVID-19 – coping with growth, resilience and connectivity. COVID 19’s impact on our economy and on Councils themselves makes Government’s willingness to assist even more critical. Our region has worked collaboratively to put this regional package of investments together, and this package alongside proposals from individual authorities will provide the opportunity for economic recovery, job retention and creation, enhanced resilience and the ongoing transformation of our nation’s capital region.”.

Regional Council Chair Daran Ponter said: “Once we are out of lockdown we need to accelerate investment to stimulate the economy and bring back jobs. This is also a unique opportunity to move our economy towards where we need to be in the future – building resilience and a low-carbon economy.”

Kāpiti District Council Mayor K Gurunathan said: “The way we respond to COVID-19, as a region and as a country, can and should accelerate our infrastructure plans but also our transition to a clean, healthy, inclusive and emissions-free future.”

Mayor of Carterton Greg Lang said: “This is an unprecedented time and this is an essential tool to fuel our economic recovery and undertake necessary infrastructure work that is getting increasingly unaffordable for our communities.”

Mayor of Hutt City Campbell Barry said: “More than ever, it’s important for local government to invest in infrastructure and projects our communities need for the future. With Government support, we’ll be able to accelerate projects worth hundreds of millions of dollars right across the Wellington region, which is exactly what’s needed to support the economic recovery following COVID-19.”

Council officers from around the region have drawn up the proposals which form a collective case to the government. The work done to develop a Regional Investment Plan last year and the emerging direction from the Regional Growth Framework, helped guide the choice of projects and show how they will collectively move the region’s economy forward.

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5 comments:

  1. Lindsay, 15. April 2020, 19:47

    Why do the regional mayors want a convention centre in Wellington? Of course, they won’t have to pay for its annual losses. Or is there a loss-sharing deal that we don’t know about?

     
  2. Hel, 15. April 2020, 20:27

    Perhaps they see merit in this and place a higher value on the contribution this sector makes to the economy. Perhaps you could ask questions of the hoteliers, bar and restaurant owners and all the businesses that support this sector what their view is, be interested in getting some perspective.

     
  3. Andrew, 15. April 2020, 20:36

    And still no word on the library. This list is all about what councillors and mayors want and not what ratepayers want. Frankly I despair…everything changes but nothing changes.

     
  4. Kara Lipski, 16. April 2020, 10:17

    The convention centre should be last on the list behind all projects that come under shelter, food, basic infrastructure and environmentally friendly public transport.

     
  5. Ian, 17. April 2020, 8:57

    Interesting that this list has very little vision for the benefits to local business and jobs. But it is good that some will be better for the environment.

    WCC has published their list of projects submitted. Where are the others? [Here is the list from the mayoral forum representing all eight local authorities and the regional council – strangely, they include Wellington’s convention centre.]