The Cardrona Wastewater Project and Wānaka Lakefront enhancement ‘shovel ready’ projects have been accepted for further consideration under the government’s Crown Infrastructure Partners’ (CIP) ‘Shovel Ready’ fund.
QLDC’s proposal will potentially unlock in excess of $300M in infrastructure projects across the district through spending by central government, council, Iwi and private interests. This will result in a long-term improvement to local infrastructure and create a significant number of new jobs.
Other projects accepted for further consideration are the Queenstown Events Centre and the Queenstown Town Centre transformation, which includes the Queenstown Street Upgrades project and the Queenstown Arterials project.
The Shotover Delta Waste Water Treatment Plant upgrade project was not accepted for further consideration.
The Infrastructure Reference Group, tasked with finding projects that provided national or regional public health benefits, received 1,924 submissions; 802 of these submissions have gone forward for further consideration. As yet there is no specific timeframe for the confirmation of these projects.
Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Jim Boult said he was pleased to hear five local projects were being considered, although cautioned no decisions about their ultimate future had been made yet.
“It’s great to hear these projects are continuing to be considered for funding. It’s also important to remember they have not been accepted just yet,” Boult said.
“There is plenty of time to go and many decisions to be made. However, council staff have put a huge amount of hard work into preparing these projects and, if accepted, they will play an important role in supporting the district as it rebounds after the coronavirus lockdown bringing many employment opportunities and a boost for our local economy.”
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