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Govt-funded projects inject $1b to WBOP economy

The government has committed $45 million for multimodal transport on Cameron Road. Image: Daniel Hines/SunLive.

The government has committed close to $1 billion to a range of western Bay of Plenty projects.

Tauranga Mayor Tenby Powell says the ‘very significant’ funding commitments reflect the excellent relationship that has been established between the sub-region’s local authorities and the government.

“In recent months, we’ve had $900 million committed to the Tauranga Northern Link project, $45 million for multimodal transport on Cameron Road, with the Western BOP District Council winning $14 million for urbanising Omokoroa, and $18 million for the Rangiuru Business Park,” says Powell.

“All of those projects will get underway by the middle of next year, if not sooner, which will provide a tremendous boost as we look to recover from the financial impacts of the pandemic lockdown and alert level restrictions.

“With further support likely for water supply and waste projects, the sub-region has been very well supported by government. All of these infrastructure projects will keep adding value for our communities for decades to come, so while COVID-19 has had a massive impact, it will also create a legacy that future generations will benefit from.”

Powell says the government had much to grapple with, but was to be congratulated for its foresight in targeting some key issues through its economic stimulus investment.

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Tom Ranger

Posted on 27-08-2020 10:51 | By

I just don’t go anywhere if I can help it. Road layouts here are ridiculous. Why so many changes from single to double lanes then back to single? Fix this one issue (and by that I mean maintain double lanes where possible Not make everything single lanes ;) ) and that would make it much more attractive place to drive.

Ideology

Posted on 27-08-2020 07:30 | By

being put before practicality, not only Greerton but also Ngatai Road as an example. Social engineering at its finest.

Cameron road

Posted on 26-08-2020 15:46 | By Kancho

Spent 45 minutes on Cameron road from 15 th Ave to Barkes corner. So think this plan is going to be cycle lanes and bus lanes. Businesses will struggle more with parking so not haply, double lanes will be restricted to one lane while buses have a lane . So the rush hour that a few years ago was a half hour will probably be extended to 90 minutes to two hours . My last trip was interesting to watch traffic dive off Cameron into side streets to basically jump the queues. I’m sure the said side roads are getting sick of the extra traffic. The growth of the city has caused a lot of problems yet the council and government welcomes it . Of course Greerton village is a model of such traffic planning , so there’s something to look forward too !