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Continued frustration over SH2 funding

National MPs Todd Muller and Chris Bishop meet with mayor Garry Webber at Kaimai Views in Omokoroa. Photo: Alisha Evans/SunLive.

Local government and National MPs are frustrated by the lack of action on improving state highway two between Katikati and Tauranga.

National MP Todd Muller and Western Bay of Plenty mayor Garry Webber met with Chris Bishop, National Party spokesperson for transport and regional development today to discuss the challenges the area faces and the need for more funding into roads and infrastructure.

Gary says in 1991 when Omokoroa was set up as a growth area it was based on the northern link going in and the Omokoroa interchange was a component part to it.

“The biggest issue we have is it’s a very busy highway and the intersections all the way through, getting on and off them in the morning is not easy at all.”  

He says there is a disconnect between local and central government when it comes the strategic planning for infrastructure.

“A small council like ourselves, we’ve invested $100 million and it’s really being held up because we haven’t got the funding from central government. We think the income is coming in, but if it’s not coming in how can we plan.”

“I’m not critical of the government or of the last government but there’s a major disconnect in the planning process.”

Garry says the Western Bay population has grown from 30,000 to 50,000 and it’s a significant growth for a small rural community.

Chris was surprised by the volume of vehicles using the road driving from Tauranga to Omokoroa today.

“Just driving on that road this morning, I can’t believe the traffic at 11am it was huge traffic already and I can’t imagine what it would be like at 8:30, 9 o’clock in the morning.”

“I think the decision to cancel the northern link is basically a kick in the guts for this community it’s a simple as that.”

Todd says funding priorities have gone to public transport and safety improvements on some roads around New Zealand.

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It has

Posted on 03-09-2019 08:37 | By Merlin

It has become evident since the change of government how much they could have done and did not.Now when they bleat on about something they could have got done and did not.Baa Baa.All spin and no do.

Correction to comments

Posted on 03-09-2019 08:32 | By

The works was actually about to commence under the [previous government, tenderer’s had been selected and shortlisted, then Labour pulled it. 9 years yes but they did build the Northern link and B2B- cant do it all at once.

Wow..9 years!

Posted on 02-09-2019 19:04 | By MichaelB

They keep bleating on about how nothing has been done...they had 9 years!..nothing happened! Go away Todd...

Why

Posted on 02-09-2019 18:39 | By Merlin

Why did they not get it done in their 3 terms especially when we had the the Minister of Transport as a local MP.Easy to use it for political point scoring now.Bit like the 10 Bridges.

Roading

Posted on 02-09-2019 18:16 | By Told you

Both Govts have had since 1991 to get this roading sorted the Nats had 9 years to get it right but it ended up all talk and no go.

Hypocritical

Posted on 02-09-2019 16:39 | By rogue

How stupid do Politicians think we are? Get off your soap boxes & do some real work. When the blue party get their next go in Government maybe they could do something. I seem to remember no action on SH 2 while they had office. They also took funding away from Schools, DHB’s, Police, Fire Service, Customs & then went on a selling spree of state housing... during which time there was " no housing shortage" ( despite what hundreds of Bay locals think every cold winters night ). I can only imagine they would of had a bleat about the Cancer policy announced over the weekend not going far enough either despite ignoring calls for Pharmac to act on it when the Nats had the power.