Otago’s local governments are seeking roughly $280 million in government funding for shovel ready projects in a bid to create more than 2500 jobs and stop the flattening of the economy caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
For applications to the Crown Infrastructure Partners’-led Infrastructure Industry Reference Group, this week the Dunedin City Council identified 10 major projects—worth $211 million — that it says would create 940 temporary and permanent jobs in Dunedin.
It also included in its application another $336 million worth of projects it could do with further government support.
Dunedin Mayor Aaron Hawkins said the further tranche of projects at present planned over the next two to seven years that did not meet the immediate funding criteria could help to support ‘‘a sustained, region-wide economic recovery in the lower South Island’’.
The ‘‘shovel-ready’’ jobs that could be just six to 12 months away, and might qualify for support, included: $51.8 million to extend the Peninsula Connection road widening and safety project from Portobello to Harington Point; $14.3 million for the South Dunedin Library and Community Complex; $7.9 million for the new Mosgiel pool; $6.1 million for upgrades to Moana Pool; $17.7 million for a film studio development, to support the city’s film sector; $60.3 million for fresh, waste and stormwater pipe network renewals; $27.7 million for transport network renewals; $14 million for Kaikorai Valley wastewater overflow improvements; $6.8 million for road safety improvements and $5.2 million for a community housing development.
The funding, if approved, would supplement the more than $100 million already tagged for the projects in the council’s long-term plans.
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult told the Otago Daily Times some of the projects were things the now-parked visitor levy would have been helping to fund.
The five ‘‘pipeline’’ projects were: the Queenstown Town Centre upgrade and arterials, a fast-track of the Shotover Delta Waste Water Treatment Plant, the Cardrona Wastewater Pipeline Projectand Cardrona Wastewater Treatment Plant, Wanaka lakefront enhancement and upgrades at the Queenstown Events Centre.
Otago Regional Council operations general manager Gavin Palmer said the council applied for funding for seven projects, including oneon behalf of the Clutha District Council.
Six were directly related to river management for flood protection: the $6.5 million West Taieri contour channel upgrade; the $6 million Riverbank Rd flood slip repair; $300,000 Albert Town rock buttress; $750,000 for flow management structures at Robson Lagoon; $1.5 million for an Outram floodbank weighting blanket; and $1.1 million Hospital Creek detention bank mitigation after February’s flooding.
The seventh application was for the council’s share ($130,000) for funding of a stock truck effluent disposal siteon State Highway 8 at Tarras.
-Otago Daily Times