Govt funding announcement for Southland anticipated

Invercargill city councillors have given the nod to five ‘‘shovel-ready’’ projects totalling more...
Invercargill councillors are eagerly awaiting a Government funding boost for the region.

During the Invercargill City Council’s performance, policy and partnerships meeting yesterday, strategy and policy’s manager Rhiannon Suter said the announcement could be tomorrow.

A spokeswoman for Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones confirmed the minister would be in Southland that day.

The Otago Daily Times understands it could be related to Provincial Growth Fund and shovel-ready projects.

A spokeswoman for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also confirmed she would be visiting the region, as would Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods.

However, she confirmed the primary focus of Ms Ardern’s visit would be to engage with local leaders to discuss economic opportunities.

The information about the announcement was made after Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt raised concerns about a scheduled long-term plan workshop which would be delayed by a week.

Ms Suter said the reason for the suggested delay was the council would need to understand the impact of the announcements and what it would mean for its long-term plan projects.

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