18 November 2009
Regional Funding Boost for Regional Projects
Three major regional projects that should significantly benefit Hawke’s Bay had funding approved by Hawke’s Bay Regional
Councillors at the Strategic Development and Finance Committee yesterday.
The funding under consideration was $2.5 million for the Sports Park Velodrome project (subject to the project
proceeding), $500,000 for the Waipawa Town Hall refurbishment, and $2.5 million for the Hawke’s Bay Museum and Art
Gallery building extension development.
“There is huge community benefit in all these projects and they should enrich the cultural, social and sporting aspects
of our region even more. The Regional Council is pleased to be able to assist these projects to succeed, although this
funding will effectively limit Council’s ability to support other significant community development projects for the
next 3-5 years,” said Chairman Alan Dick.
These funding allocations from the Community Facilities Fund will need further public consultation next year as part of
the Councils’ draft Annual Plan. Once fully agreed to, the funding would be allocated between now and 2012, as the
In addition to these three projects, funding of $100,000 was also approved to assist the 2011 Rugby World Cup project
being run by Venture Hawke’s Bay.
Presentations were made to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council committee yesterday (Tuesday) by Hastings District Council,
Central Hawke’s Bay District Council and Napier City Council, with plans, DVDs and models being shown to Regional
Hawke’s Bay Regional Council has confirmed that these projects are the main community projects under consideration for
funding in the next few years. The Council is not aware of any other short term projects that would be restricted by a
lack of funding from this Fund.
The Mayor of Wairoa, Les Probert, has provided Hawke’s Bay Regional Council with an expression of interest in which he
asks that, even though the Wairoa District Council has no specific project that would make use of the Community
Facilities Fund in the short term, a sum similar to that being provided to Central Hawke’s Bay District Council be
allocated with view to funding in 2012/13.