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HBRC adopts 2014-15 Annual Plan

25 June 2014

HBRC adopts 2014-15 Annual Plan

Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has voted to formally adopt its 2014-15 Annual Plan at its meeting in Napier today.

In doing so the Council agreed to a 5.8% average rate rise for Hawke’s Bay Regional Council ratepayers, which equates to an annual increase of approximately $10 per household.

Oil & Gas
Councillors voted to lead the discussion on Oil & Gas regulation in Hawke’s Bay. They also agreed to make a funding allocation (within existing budgets) of $200,000 to enable public consultation and the potential development of plan changes to be started in the next financial year. Councillors noted priorities in Council’s Plan Change schedule may have to change to accommodate the planning changes this may bring.

Investment in Napier-Gisborne Rail line
Councillors today voted to explore options to secure the Napier-Gisborne rail corridor and report back to Council.

They previously voted to participate in a feasibility study on the best use of the rail corridor going forward.

It also agreed to keep its options open to potential investment in the shortline loop, should a strong business case be presented showing a suitable return on Council’s investment.

ENDS

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