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Red Zone projects get longer lease on life


Hon Megan Woods

Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration

MEDIA STATEMENT

April 20 2018

Red Zone projects get longer lease on life

Temporary projects in Christchurch’s residential red zone will be able to run for longer with the Government extending the timeframe on the ability to lease from 2 years to 5 years, Minister Megan Woods has announced.

“Transitional projects like the Te Ara Otakaro trail or the Avon Ōtākaro Forest Park are great ways of adding life to the Red Zone and making good use of that land while its permanent future is decided.

“We want to support local people to come up with innovative ideas for using that space, be it school or public events or community gardens or temporary displays.

“This is about backing local people to have great ideas for that area and giving them up to five years to develop them, allowing them the space and time to make those ideas a reality.

“Deciding and delivering on the long term use of the Red Zone will be a generation long task. This is a thirty year project. In the meantime, we have an area nearly four times the size of Hagley Park available for the city to make use of.

“We want to see that space as a blank canvas for people with good ideas to be able to use them. We want to see exciting things happen in that space. Today’s announcement is about helping to make that happen,” says Megan Woods.

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