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Council green lights “Build-it” budget

Council green lights “Build-it” budget

$26.2bn investment largest in Auckland's history

Council decides on 10-year Budget.

Auckland Council on Thursday 31 May decided to implement Mayor Phil Goff’s “Build-it” Budget, agreeing the largest-ever investment in Auckland’s infrastructure: $26.2 billion across the next 10 years.

Mayor Phil Goff said, “This is a fantastic day for Auckland, beginning 10 years of transformative work that tackles the critical issues of transport congestion and protecting our environment.

“These issues have sat in the too-hard basket for too long, but not anymore. This council has taken responsibility for delivering a better Auckland that will over time have a more efficient and effective transport network, more houses, cleaner water and a healthier environment.

“It’s now time to get on and build the infrastructure that Auckland desperately needs and begin the important work with our local boards and Independent Māori Statutory Board that will deliver positive outcomes across all of Auckland for our local communities.

“Our consultation with Aucklanders showed support for investing in those things that matter to them. They want us to deliver a better transport network, cleaner water and to protect our natural environment, and today Auckland Council has agreed to do just that,” Phil Goff said.

Councillor Ross Clow, chair of the Finance and Performance Committee also welcomed the budget.

“This is a budget for all of Auckland," he said.

"It’s not just focused on one geographical area or one issue – the whole of the city will see tangible, positive impacts from this budget in a range of different ways and that is really important.

“I am especially pleased that the Panuku work programme and the Local Board One Local Initiatives are included as they are both really important pieces of work that will make Auckland a better place for us all now, and will leave a lasting legacy that will benefit generations to come.”

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