The NZ Transport Agency has selected a preferred option for a new State Highway 3 route to replace the closed Manawatū Gorge, connecting the Manawatū, Tararua District, Hawke’s Bay and northern Wairarapa regions.
Manawatū-Whanganui regional leaders have welcomed Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones' announcement today of $6 million from government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) towards the revitalisation of Whanganui Port and an upgrade of the Whanganui rail line.
Whanganui Mayor Hamish McDouall says it’s pleasing to have central government’s continued support and recognition of the Port development and the significant contribution it will make to economic growth in the region.
Local Government and businesses across central and eastern North Island welcome the New Zealand Transport Agency Board’s deferral of its decision on the preferred option for replacing the Manawatu Gorge route, pending further detailed work to understand the relative benefits of the options.
A submission in support of NZTA’s Manawatū Gorge option four has been made by Horizons regional leaders through Accelerate25’s Lead Team Facilitator Michael McCartney.
The latest Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) announcement by central government, pledging $270 million for communications infrastructure nationwide has been welcomed by Manawatū-Whanganui regional leaders.
Accelerate25, the programme behind the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan, and Horizons Regional Council have won the Collaboration Award at the Inaugural Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Awards for their innovative approach to implementing a complex long term programme.
A series of workshops will be touring the Manawatu-Whanganui region this month, highlighting opportunities with water on-farm and benefits of hill country stock water reticulation.
The seminars, to be presented by AgFirst, with the support of Accelerate25, Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the Ministry for Primary Industries, are a result of a recent study looking at the economic evaluation of stock water reticulation on hill country. The study involved 11 case study farmers from across New Zealand, focused on farmers who had installed systems in the last decade and that had been running for at least 18 months. Analysis revealed farmers on average experienced an Internal Rate of Return of 53 per cent, which is a significant return on investment.
Tourism Minister Paula Bennett today announced $1.27 million in government funding for six new tourism infrastructure projects across the Manawatū-Whanganui region.
The benefits of hill country stock water reticulation are to be presented this month during the New Zealand Agrifood Investment Week, at the Central Districts Field Days.
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