The Queenstown Lakes District Council's transport committee
has been told "don't get your hopes up" for extra road
funding by the New Zealand Transport Agency.
Transport manager Denis Mander attended an NZTA presentation
in Dunedin recently and was told the agency was under
pressure over funding.
This has already meant the NZTA decision not to fund several
projects on QLDC's list, such as the Mt Aspiring Rd seal
widening, the Wanaka North Western corridor design project
and the Malaghans Rd reconstruction.
A review is being undertaken by NZTA officers of why these
projects were not funded.
Mr Mander said the Dunedin presentation reiterated many of
the messages already received from NZTA.
However, the agency did signal its intention to provide
greater flexibility for road controlling authorities such as
QLDC to manage their funding allocations.
This would include the possibility of being able to shift
funding between work categories instead of it being locked
within activity classes.