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Government support for Rotorua district direction
29 June 2018
Government support for Rotorua district direction
Rotorua mayor Steve Chadwick says Government funding announced today is an important endorsement of the district’s progress and direction.
 
The Government today announced $811,625 from the Provincial Growth Fund to finalise the business cases for the development of Rotorua’s lakefront and forest facilities.
 
“These are two projects which will enhance recreational areas which are hugely important to our locals as well as being economic and cultural game-changers for Rotorua,” the Mayor says.
 
The projects are included in Rotorua Lakes Council’s 2018-28 Long-term Plan (LTP), which was formally adopted yesterday [Thursday June 28].  The 10-year plan has a major focus on improving and maintaining Rotorua’s existing assets and infrastructure, while catering for growth and investing in the future.
 
“The lakefront and forests are key assets for both locals and visitors. These proposed projects will help enhance what we already have and give us the infrastructure our community deserves, creating amenities and spaces that celebrate our unique environment and culture. Council and its partners can’t do these major projects alone – it will be dependent on being able to get external funding and today’s announcement enables us to now progress to the next stage. Once business cases have been developed, we will apply for funding to deliver the projects.
 
“Today’s announcement demonstrates Government confidence in Rotorua’s direction and potential and its importance in the national context.”
 
Mayor Chadwick says the lakefront and forest developments are just two of many significant projects Council has ahead of it, including infrastructure improvements, wastewater schemes, restoration of Rotorua Museum and re-opening of the Sir Howard Morrison Performing Arts Projects.
 
“The Provincial Growth Fund has offered a unique opportunity for Council and its partners to pursue the lakefront and forest projects now, with the support of Government.
 
“It is not a case of prioritising these projects over any others, but about seizing opportunities as they arise. This funding will help us develop a robust plan for change and kick-start some of the abundant growth potential of Rotorua.”
 
The mayor says the lakefront and forest projects will unlock significant economic opportunities, with the potential to spark investment and create new jobs.
 
“But they are projects we can’t do on our own and we welcome the Government’s contribution towards the business case development.”
 
Mayor Chadwick says the funding will allow for the development of final business cases, including design work, to ensure robust due diligence and ground work is done to help secure future funding for the physical developments.
 
“Funding the business cases shows the Government can see the potential these developments have to truly help our region thrive.
 
“Council will work with key stakeholders and partners in these two projects, including landowners, iwi, the business community and other key stakeholders, such as Ohinemutu residents, to ensure a shared outcome for the benefit of the wider community.”
 
For further information on the projects go here