Buller puts hand up for Govt funding.
Northern district submits 25m worth of projects.
PHOTO: Patrick McBride
Mayor Jamie Cleine told McBride Vision this morning the district submitted 25million worth of projects and believes they could kick start 100 jobs immediately with many more longer term.
The funding application covered port developments, a nursery and a major upgrade of the district's water supply to name a few.
“Buller has taken a strategic approach to our Infrastructure package, aiming to add onto the great foundation we already have here. This package will enable our port facility to provide for growth in fishing, bulk logistics and aquaculture and that means real jobs for our District.” Said Cleine.
Talley's Fisheries has always maintained that with better facilities they could bring in more boats, creating employment at the Westport factory. Funding for a nursery in the Waimangaroa area would create up to 10 positions. The nursery would look to grow plants for rehabilitation of old mining sites on the Stockton plateau. Cleine said that the package for water ensures infrastructure that is fit for the future and builds confidence for private investment. "We set out to provide jobs that hospitality and tourism workers could transition into for a period of time and this package delivers that, short term 100 jobs and 300 jobs once fully delivered."
Other councils in the region have submitted documents outlining their districts "Spade Ready" projects at the request of the government.