QLDC ‘Shovel Ready’ projects miss out
Posted at 6:00am Thursday 01 Oct, 2020 | By Pat Deavoll firstname.lastname@example.org
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has been advised that it's remaining three applications to the Government's ‘Shovel Ready' projects fund have been unsuccessful.
The competition was strong, with a shortlist of 802 proposals.
The remaining applications that had been unsuccessful were the latter stages of the Wānaka Lakefront Development, Cardrona Wastewater Pipeline Project and Wastewater Treatment Scheme, and upgrades and new sport, cultural and recreational facilities at the Queenstown Events Centre.
Mayor Jim Boult acknowledged that this was disappointing news but despite this was quick to reflect on the successful applications as a benefit for locals, and the Government's confidence in Queenstown's role in the long-term economy.
“In June, the Prime Minister made the announcement on Queenstown's lakefront that we had been awarded $85M in funding for stage one of the Queenstown arterial project and the Queenstown CBD street upgrades. This was obviously incredibly exciting news, especially noting that we were the first territorial authority to have shovel ready funding announced and the only territorial authority to have a shovel ready project listed in the fast-track consenting bill.
“We had hoped for further good news, but the scale of interest in this initiative demonstrates how important it is for the Government to keep investing in our nation's economy,” said Boult.
“Ultimately, the Council is still committed to delivering these community assets and will continue to pursue any suitable funding opportunities to assist in doing so,” added Boult.
When asked to respond on the future of the Wānaka Lakefront Development and the Cardrona Wastewater Pipeline Project and Wastewater Treatment scheme, QLDC said: Construction on the Cardrona Valley Wastewater Treatment Plant has already begun and is scheduled to commence operations in June 2021, with testing through to November 2021.
Construction for the Cardrona Valley inbound pipeline and pump station is scheduled to commence in November 2020 and be operational by May 2021. These will continue to be funded by QLDC and repaid through growth with development contributions.
The Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan is proposed to be funded through rates, third party funding and Active Transport funding.
Finance Minister Grant Robertson said they received 1924 submissions for the shovel-ready fund.
“A shortlist of 802 projects was presented to ministers. The ministers and cabinet then considered those projects and agreed to fund, in principle, around 150 of them,'' he said.
“In doing so, the Government gave priority to those that could be under way within 12 months, were of a minimum scale with material employment benefits and which provided national or regional public benefit.
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