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Com­mu­nity info even­ing

- Business · Malaysian Ministry of Education · Ministry of Human Resource Development · Omokoroa

TheOmoko­roa com­mu­ni­tyis in­vited to an in­for­ma­tion even­ing nex­tweek to find out more­about in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ments across the Penin­sula over the next two years.

The event, hosted by Western Bay of Plenty District Coun­cil, will be on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 2, from 7pm9p­mat the Set­tlers’ Hall.

It’s es­ti­mated that by 2060, the Omoko­roaPenin­sula will be fully de­vel­oped and­hometo 12,000 res­i­dents. To­cater for this sig­nif­i­cant growth and the need for con­tin­u­ing im­prove­ments to the Penin­sula’s in­fra­struc­ture, coun­cil is un­der­tak­ing a se­ries of projects— road­ing, re­serves, cy­cle­ways, stormwa­ter, build­ing and plan­ning— be­tween nowand 2022.

At the in­for­ma­tion even­ing, coun­cil will pro­vide ahigh-level overview of the var­i­ous projects, and fol­low­ing the pre­sen­ta­tion, at­ten­dees will be able to ask ques­tions about the spe­cific projects un­der four key cat­e­gories— road­ing, recre­ation, plan­ning and com­mu­nity.

Western Bay May­orGar­ryWeb­ber says the projects will be trans­for­ma­tional for theOmoko­roa area.

“We­want all cur­rent and fu­ture res­i­dents ofOmoko­roa to be able to ben­e­fit from a fan­tas­tic qual­ity of life and be able to en­joy a wide va­ri­ety of fa­cil­i­ties, right on their doorstep. The projects are the re­sult of sound plan­ning work and re­flect the spa­tial plan­ning that will sup­port all land use de­vel­op­ment in Omoko­roain the fu­ture.

“Ad­di­tion­ally, the projects have the po­ten­tial to cre­ate around 150 newjobs for the re­gion,” saysGarry.

The first set of projects in­clude the up­grade of 1.3km ofOmoko­roaRd from WesternAve toTralee St, ur­ban­i­sa­tion of Prole Rd, and re­place­ment of the play­groundon the do­main fore­shore with anew des­ti­na­tion play­ground.

Al­to­gether, there are morethan 15 coun­cil-ini­ti­ated projects, along­with pri­vate de­vel­op­ment, and which in­cludes col­lab­o­ra­tion with tan­gata whenua, Piri­rakau hapu¯; the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion; andWakaKo­tahiNZ Trans­port Agency.

“As is the case with large-scale in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, there will be somelevel of dis­rup­tion in the com­mu­nity dur­ing the var­i­ous con­struc­tion phases,” says Garry.

“These will be care­ful­ly­man­aged to keep im­pacts to amin­i­mu­mand weapol­o­gise in ad­vance for the dis­rup­tion.

“How­ever, it’s crit­i­cal thatwe­act nowto be able to ap­pro­pri­ately cater for the ex­pected growth in­Omoko­roa long-term.”

The to­tal projects are es­ti­mated to cost $50 mil­lion, of which $14 mil­lion is co-funded by theGovern­ment un­der its Shovel Ready In­fra­struc­ture Pro­gramme.

For­more in­for­ma­tion on cur­rent projects, visit coun­cil’s ‘Omoko­roa Penin­sula Projects’ web­page and sto­ryma­pat www.west­ern­bay.govt. nz/omoko­roapro­jects

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