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$11.3m for two shovel-ready projects in Masterton – upgrades for airport and skate park

Report from LDR
Two “shovel ready projects” in Masterton have been given the green light with an $11.3 million pledge from central government. Finance Minister Grant Robertson today announced backing for upgrades to the town’s Hood Aerodrome and its skate park.

Robertson was joined at the airport by Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson for the announcement. The projects were part of the district council’s annual plan, and had applied for government backing through the shovel-ready programme which supports projects which could start within 12 months to boost the post-covid-19 lockdown economy.

The Wairarapa package includes $10m for infrastructure at the airport, and $1.3m for the redevelopment of Masterton’s skatepark.

The Hood Aerodrome upgrade project has a total budget of $17m and includes work to widen and extend the runway, including road realignments, lighting, electrical, water and wastewater upgrades, and additional security.

The skatepark project covers a complete redevelopment of the skatepark.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the funding could provide the area with up to 200 jobs for local people.
“We are yet to understand the full impact of covid-19 on our community, but we will not be left unscathed,” Patterson said. “The creation of more than 50 jobs during both these construction projects will help mitigate this impact on the construction sector, which has already shown indications of a slowdown.”

The funding for Hood Aerodrome will “enable us to transform this treasured asset into a modern, functional airport with increased capacity”, Patterson said. “I’m expecting this significant infrastructure upgrade project to motivate existing businesses to expand and new business ventures to set up at Hood Aerodrome in the coming years.

“The opportunity this presents includes the creation of up to 200 additional jobs in the future, as these new ventures become fully operational.”

The skatepark redevelopment was consulted on as part of the council’s Annual Plan earlier this year. “We received strong support for the project, demonstrating the importance of catering to the needs of our younger community members,” Patterson said. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to give our community some good news and look towards an exciting few months as these projects get off the ground.”

Masterton District Council Chief Executive Kath Ross said the announcement was exciting news for staff and those closely involved with both projects. “My sincere thanks to these dedicated teams that have poured time and energy into these funding applications – you have been integral in today’s exciting news.”
Construction on both projects starts is due to start in the next few months.

News from Masterton District Council
The Masterton District Council is welcoming the Government’s commitment of $11.3 million for community assets. Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced the funding commitment at Hood Aerodrome this afternoon as part of the Government’s package to kick-start economies post COVID-19.

It includes $10 million for infrastructure upgrades at Hood Aerodrome and $1.3 million for the redevelopment of Masterton’s skatepark.

The Hood Aerodrome upgrade project has a total budget of $17 million and includes work to widen and extend the runway, including road realignments, lighting, electrical, water and wastewater upgrades, and additional security.

The skatepark project covers a complete redevelopment of the skatepark on Dixon Street, following a community-led project driving the upgrade.

Masterton Mayor Lyn Patterson said the funding was welcome at a time when good news was sorely needed.

“We are yet to understand the full impact of COVID-19 on our community, but we will not be left unscathed. The creation of more than 50 jobs during both these construction projects will help mitigate this impact on the construction sector, which has already shown indications of a slowdown,” Lyn said.

“The funding for Hood Aerodrome will enable us to transform this treasured asset into a modern, functional airport with increased capacity over the longer-term.

“I’m expecting this significant infrastructure upgrade project to motivate existing businesses to expand and new business ventures to set up at Hood Aerodrome in the coming years. The opportunity this presents includes the creation of up to 200 additional jobs in the future, as these new ventures become fully operational.

“I want to especially thank people from the wider Wellington region for the support they have shown for Hood Aerodrome.”

The skatepark redevelopment was a key project consulted on as part of the council’s Annual Plan earlier this year.

“We received strong support for the project, demonstrating the importance of catering to the needs of our younger community members,” Lyn said. “I’m thrilled that we have been able to give our community some good news and look towards an exciting few months as these projects get off the ground.”

Masterton District Council Chief Executive Kath Ross said the announcement was exciting news for staff and those closely involved with both projects.

“We have a dedicated team that have worked hard over a significant period to fine-tune the future focus for Hood Aerodrome. There has been a lot of time spent clarifying the investment required to transform this community asset,” Kath said.

“We also have a passionate team that has worked hard alongside our community partners to develop a new vision for our skatepark.

“My sincere thanks to these dedicated teams that have poured time and energy into these funding applications – you have been integral in today’s exciting news.”

Construction on both projects is expected to kick off within the next few months.

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5 comments:

  1. Traveller, 16. July 2020, 11:42

    Has Wellington received any government money for shovel ready projects?

     
  2. Hel, 17. July 2020, 19:33

    Apparently there are no worthy shovels to be found in Wellington and with a fairly strong Labour voting base, no need to buy votes here. Together with the provincial growth fund the shovel ready projects are looking like a cynical vote-buying exercise.

     
  3. Woody, 17. July 2020, 19:43

    Who cares…. Im sure they have ample to squander

     
  4. Codger, 18. July 2020, 7:03

    Hel, that was the point of Grant’s budget – a long drip-feed. Too clever by half.

     
  5. CC, 18. July 2020, 13:20

    Why would the Government step in with funding when things like the Conference Centre, runway extension, privatisation of public amenities, four lanes to the Infratil parking lot/airport etc. monopolise the discourse? The idea was that the ‘shovel ready’ funding was to provide jobs, opportunities and infrastructure for the future, not to splash money at built-in obsolescence.