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Budget good news for Christchurch

Mayor Lianne Dalziel is welcoming the confirmation in today’s Budget that Christchurch will get an extra $300 million of Government funding for important projects.

“During the election campaign Labour pledged a $300 million capital fund for the city and with today’s Budget they have followed through on that promise,’’ the Mayor says.

“In the past few months we have had discussions with the Government about the work that still needs to be done in Christchurch. Today’s Budget announcement means we can now begin to work out in more detail how the extra funding can be used to most benefit the city.

“I have already been in touch with the Minister for Greater Christchurch Regeneration, Dr Megan Woods, to express our appreciation for the extra funding and to re-affirm our commitment to working in partnership to get the best outcomes for Christchurch.

“As a Council we welcome the opportunity to take the lead in identifying the priorities for Christchurch,’’ the Mayor says.

“We have been listening to submissions on our Long Term Plan and it is clear that there are significant issues this will help address, for example, our earthquake damaged infrastructure and provision of the stadium.

“I look forward to meeting the Minister to continue to work towards a global settlement for Christchurch, of which the fund is an enormously important component,’’ the Mayor says.

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