Tararua fund­ing ap­proved from pro­vin­cial fund

Bush Telegraph - - FOCUS ON DANNEVIRKE -

The an­nounce­ment by Re­gional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Shane Jones that Tararua has been ap­proved fund­ing from the Pro­vin­cial Growth Fund for three sig­nif­i­cant projects is ex­cit­ing news for the district, Tararua District Mayor Tracey Col­lis says.

The Min­is­ter an­nounced $40m fund­ing for ICT, which in­cludes $4.5m for the Manawatu¯ Whanganui re­gion.

The Con­nect Tararua project will be a ben­e­fi­ciary of the fund­ing.

The ap­pli­ca­tion to the fund by Con­nect Tararua group has been driven by a strong com­mu­nity de­sire for core in­fra­struc­ture for mo­bile and in­ter­net cov­er­age.

The project is a great ex­am­ple of Coun­cil and the com­mu­nity col­lab­o­rat­ing for the ben­e­fit of the district, she said.

The first project will be a study of land use op­ti­mi­sa­tion, tar­get­ing four crop op­tions — fei­joas, hazel­nuts, cider ap­ple trees and berries.

The study will in­ves­ti­gate the op­ti­mal ar­eas within Tararua District to grow these crops and as­sess mar­ket op­por­tu­ni­ties.

The fei­joas and hazel­nut study builds on the pre­vi­ous Go Project study by Tararua District Coun­cil, and cider ap­ple trees and berries are new crop op­tions.

The sec­ond project is de­vel­op­ment of a Tourism and Trails Strat­egy for Tararua District.

Coun­cil al­lo­cated a small amount of fund­ing to­wards the de­vel­op­ment of a cy­cle and walk­way strat­egy in the lat­est Long Term Plan. This ad­di­tional fund­ing boost from the PGF will de­liver a broader out­come and add value to the tourism of­fer­ings in the district, she said.

“It has been a great day for Tararua These projects will un­der­pin fu­ture eco­nomic ac­tiv­ity in our district.”

Tararua will also ben­e­fit from fund­ing to help es­tab­lish a na­tional com­mer­cial driver pro­gramme near Palmer­ston North.

The pro­gramme will be able to train up to 700 driv­ers and ma­chine op­er­a­tors an­nu­ally at Man­feild Park.

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