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Rotorua funding boost for transport investigation

Rotorua funding boost for transport investigation

Rotorua Mayor Steve Chadwick believes Rotorua has an opportunity to bolster its future following central funding being set aside for investigation into a long-term eastern corridor transport solution for the city.

“This is an exciting funding boost that underlines central government’s confidence in the future economic development of our region,” Mrs Chadwick said following a government announcement which included Rotorua in a $212 million dollar regional roading project fund.

“We know there’s a need to look at a transport solution for the city and region that meets our collective aspirations and direction,” Mrs Chadwick said.

“Through setting this funding, government has indicated we have an opportunity to gain further financial support once we’ve investigated, found and agreed on, the right option for Rotorua.”

“Since late last year we’ve been talking to parties and, as a council, we’re committed to working with our community and partners to create the best solution for our region’s future. We don’t know what that solution is right now but we’re excited that government has backed us to find it.”

Local MP Todd McClay agreed there was plenty to do before a Rotorua decision could be made.

"It is important that concerns of hapu and iwi are fully taken into account,” he said in a statement.

“For this reason I'm committed to working with Rotorua District Council and local iwi to seek agreement on a number of outstanding issues in relation to the Eastern Arterial Route.

“This funding gives us options to continue this dialogue and fully consider the significant opportunities that opening up the eastern side of Rotorua can offer many groups."

Rotorua is included in a $12 million funding bucket for investigation projects, alongside Nelson and Hawkes Bay.

It is predicted that commercial traffic will grow through Rotorua from the Central North Island due to increased forestry-associated traffic destined for the port at Tauranga.

Mr McClay confirmed Rotorua’s windfall as part of a regional nation-wide roading funding programme that allocates some $212 million to 14 projects across New Zealand. These were announced by Prime Minister John Key yesterday [29 June]. The funds would come from the “future investment fund”. This money is additional to the $360 million already allocated for regional roading across the country.

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