How the West Coast will be supported by the PGF
The West Coast is a great place to work and play and can be even better with a little support and investment from central Government
The PGF can see it's clear that there are opportunities to invest in the region to drive sustainable economic development. Challenges facing the region from the mining downturn and low dairy prices emphasise, more than ever, how important it is to diversify the West Coast's economy.
The West Coast has been prioritised for early investment from the Provincial Growth Fund, the PGF team have been working alongside local people to identify initiatives and projects to support. See below for funding announcements that have been made.
PGF supports new visitor experience centres on the West Coast
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing nearly $18 million in a region-wide collaboration to connect the area’s tourist attractions located in Haast, Hokitika, Greymouth, and Westport.
The Te Ara Pounamu pathways project will receive $17.87 million to support the roll-out of state-of-the-art innovative digital technology to tell the West Coast’s unique cultural and historical stories, for the first time, to Aotearoa New Zealand and the world.
Four new ‘visitor experience centres’ in separate locations across the West Coast will support the region’s tourism operators, boost sustainable employment, and provide upskilling opportunities for local people.
This is just one of a number of projects in the West Coast that we are working on together to help support job creation and a sustainable tourism industry.
Over 50 jobs will be created through the construction, management, and operation of the hubs.
We know that by investing in the West Coast tourism sector now, the region will be in a strong position, not only to tap into the domestic tourism market but also to be ready for when international visitors return.
By working across the region’s councils and with local iwi, this initiative will encourage visitors to spend more, travel further, and stay longer in the region.
The digital nature of the hubs also ensures that content can be continually adjusted according to the needs of the tourism sector.
The first hub will start to be built in Haast later this year, with all four expected to be completed by 2023.
This investment will boost the West Coast region by diversifying its economic reliance on mining and agriculture, and put the region in a strong position over the long-term to capitalise on future tourism.
NZ Upgrade for West Coast ports and roads
West Coast ports and roads will benefit from an investment of $18.6 million to improve safety and resilience and enable future economic growth.
- $4 million to the Buller District Council to install floating pontoons at Westport
- $4 million to Grey District Council to install floating pontoons at Greymouth.
- $500,000 to Westland District to repair the wharves at Jacksons Bay, south of Haast.
- $5 million for safety retrofit upgrades for up to six single lanes bridges on State Highway 73 and 6
- $3.6 million for State Highway 67 seawall protection at Granity
- $1.5 million for a cycle and walkway clip-on to the State Highway 6 Tatare Bridge at Franz Josef
- SH 73 Taipo River
- SH 6 Mikonui River
- SH 6 Wanganui River
- SH 6 Moeraki River
- SH 6 Gates of Haast
- SH 6 Tartare Bridge
$60m for nationwide job creation
Roading projects total $27.215 million
- Bay of Plenty – $12.55 million for footpaths, the Motu cycleway extension, a horse trail, tree, and pest removal, track and park maintenance, water projects and roading (291 jobs)
- Manawatu-Whanganui – $5.52 million for roading, cycle trails, tree removal and firewood supply (159 jobs)
- West Coast – $1.9 million for planting projects in the Buller District and work on the Greymouth Reservoir Replacement Project (30 jobs)
- Wairarapa – $1 million for tree removal and maintenance on high-risk roads (10 jobs)
- Taranaki – $1.12 million for road safety (12 jobs)
- Top of the South – $2.73 million for roading, cycleways, drainage clearance, tree clearance and planting (65 jobs)
- Waikato – $2.39 million for cycleways and tree removal (72 jobs)
Rail projects total $26 million
- Projects include drain and culvert condition surveys, culvert cleaning and maintenance, vegetation control and drainage renewals and improvements.
- The work will take place around rail lines from the Waikato to Wairarapa, and in Canterbury, West Coast and Otago-Southland.
- The investment will create work for 200 people, including new rail trainees, local regional contractors, and redeployed KiwiRail staff.
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