Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


'Light at end of tunnel' for regional highways

'Light at end of tunnel' for regional highways

16 June 2014


A proposed new funding programme for regional highway improvements has been welcomed by Taranaki’s key transport planning body.

The proposal – for up to $90 million a year to be spent in the regions from 2015/16 – is part of a draft Government Policy Statement (GPS) on Transport released today by Transport Minister the Hon Gerry Brownlee.

“It’s light at the end of the tunnel,” says Taranaki Regional Councillor Roger Maxwell, who chairs the Regional Transport Committee. “The old regional highway funding mechanism, R funds, expires next year and our remaining R funds are fully committed to the Vickers to City project in New Plymouth.

“Until today we’ve had no indication of how or even whether funds would be made available for new projects, so the draft GPS is very welcome. Taranaki has a strong case for new highway projects that are important for the country as well as the region, given how strong the regional economy is.”

Cr Maxwell says Taranaki played a leading role in pressing the Government to come up with a replacement funding mechanism for regional highway projects. “We enlisted support from similarly affected regions and districts, and made a strong, co-ordinated case to the Minister and his officials. We’re pleased they obviously saw some merit in our arguments.”

A replacement for R funds was also identified by the Taranaki Mayoral Forum as one of this region’s key matters for any incoming Government to address after the General Elections in September.

Cr Maxwell says the proposed new regional improvements fund would be contestable. “But we’re confident Taranaki can step up and prove its case. We have projects ready to go. And the key point is, it’s fairer to have a dedicated regional fund so we don’t have to compete against the likes of Auckland and Wellington.”

The Ministry of Transport is inviting stakeholders to provide comment on the draft GPS for an eight-week engagement period that ends on 11 August.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Open Source // Open Society - Full Coverage

War: What’s To Commemorate?

Gordon Campbell in Werewolf: It is easy to know what we don’t want to commemorate on Anzac Day this year...

In fact, is there anything that can be validly commemorated on this 100th anniversary of Gallipoli?

Beyond, that is, a fleeting sense of empathy with the thousands of soldiers killed or wounded on April 25 1915 and in the months thereafter, until the whole thing was finally called off in December 1915.

(Most of the New Zealand survivors were transferred to the trenches in France, and eventually to the battle of the Somme in 1916.) More>>

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Quakes: New Process For Red Zone Crown Offers

Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced a process to give everyone a say on the Crown offers to owners of vacant, commercial/industrial and uninsured properties in the Residential Red Zone. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Battle Obama Is Waging Over The TPP

For the past two and a half years, this column has been arguing that the fate of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will hinge on whether US President Barack Obama can win Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) from Congress... Last week, the White House finally, finally unveiled a draft TPA Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Greens: Govt Breaks Free Doctors Visit Promise To Kids

Documents obtained by the Green Party show that the Government decided to fund only 90 percent of doctors’ visits for children suffering from an injury in an attempt trim the cost of the so-called “free” visits. More>>

ALSO:

Other Wars: Extension Of NZDF Commitment In Afghanistan

The New Zealand Defence Force’s commitment of mentors and support staff to the Afghan National Army Officer Academy in Afghanistan has been extended out to December 2016, Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Auckland Property Prices Increasing "Too Rapidly"

John Key accepted that Auckland property prices 'are going up too rapidly” in a press conference held today in Wellington, however he said that this is not anything new. More>>

ALSO:

Press Conference: ANZAC PMs Concerned About ISIL Bringing The War Home

Prime Minister Key and Prime Minister Abbott spoke of the bond formed between Australia and New Zealand in the “baptism of fire” of Gallipoli. Abbott stated that New Zealand and Australia’s values and interests are linked, and this is reflected in the joint operation in Iraq which will begin shortly. More>>

ALSO:

GCSB's China Shopping: Key Damages China Relationship

Evidence that the Key Government recklessly approved a GCSB spying operation to intercept Chinese diplomatic communications between offices in Auckland will pointlessly damage our relationship with China, the Green Party said today. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Reserve Bank And Auckland Housing

The ‘crisis – what crisis?’ response by the government to the Auckland housing price bubble is no longer acceptable. So says Reserve Bank governor Grant Spencer... More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news