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The Westland District Council will be getting a funding boost of $1million that was followed by an announcement from the Minister for Regional Economic Development Shane Jones.
Funding for the Council will go towards the renovation of community halls and war memorials, improving the infrastructure and making them more modern. Other use of the money will be for much-needed repairs over 11 different projects.
The funding does also provide a project manager to be appointed, allowing Council staff to continue to focus on business as usual.
The work since the funding will start in early October 2020.
“This is excellent news for our communities,” says Mayor Bruce Smith, “This funding isn’t just for the larger centre of Hokitika, smaller towns and communities such as Okuru and Bruce Bay are going to benefit. The funding is targeted at supporting community groups and local trades and is expected to create short term employment opportunities across Westland.”