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Provincial Growth Fund set to deliver more than just roads

10 Jun 2020

Provincial Growth Fund set to deliver more than just roads

Council is on track to deliver $23m of Provincial Growth funded local roading projects before the end of the year.

Over $24m has been invested to date and up to 150 local people are directly employed on PGF funded projects across Tairāwhiti, a number that’s expected to rise with 10 new projects now underway.

Gisborne Mayor Rehette Stoltz says the timing of the investment couldn’t be better.

“This is an extra $3m per month which isn’t only improving our local road network, but going to local companies who employ and support local families. It’s a fantastic boost at just the right time.

“Through working hard to secure and deliver on central government investment, we’ve put ourselves in a great position to be able to support local business and people in the recovery from COVID-19.”

In a government release(external link) today, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones complimented(external link) the progress and work Council and the Provincial Development Unit have done to introduce changes to the roading procurement models to contract directly to local developing contractors and provide training and development support for new and existing employees.

Rather than awarding contracts based on price, tenders are now 55% weighted on staff training and development while contractors need to show how new and existing staff will receive quality training and qualifications during the project.

The changes signal a new focus on maximising return for local communities from local and national investment, says Council Chief Executive Nedine Thatcher-Swann.

“With the level of investment we’re seeing at the moment from central government we want to ensure our communities benefit much more than just having a better road network. We want to see new jobs, stronger local companies and more qualified employees through this investment,” she said.

“We’ve asked the local contractors to step up and take on this challenge with us and they are doing exactly that. The response to this kaupapa has been fantastic. They understand that the more we invest in our people to succeed, the more likely we are to succeed as a region.”

The total funding available to Council for PGF approved projects is $54.2m. There are still five current business case studies for projects including further East Cape Road repairs, the development of King or Harper Road and a local route resilience study which groups a range of sites for repair to improve the economic resilience of the network.

Above: The $3.2m PGF funded Aerodrome Road upgrade has a strong focus on training and new employment, in addition to a much-needed surface upgrade. Fulton Hogan East Coast Surfacing operators Sione Ki-nuia, Taui Wilson-Nepia and Richard Haraki (surfacing foreman). Photo credit: Ilze-Maree Coetzee

Project updates:

Project

Description

Total funding

Spend to date

Construction period

Route 1 upgrade: Corridor 16

Freight route upgrade. Surface upgrades, drainage and culvert works on Tauwhareparae Road and surrounding routes.

$5m

 $276,024

May - Dec

Route 2 upgrade: Corridor 35

Freight route upgrade. Surface upgrades, drainage and culvert works with the Gisborne City urban boundary.

$6.3m

$3,853,669

Feb - Dec

Route 3 upgrade: Corridor 28/29

Freight route upgrade. Surface upgrades, drainage and culvert works on Tiniroto and Wharekopae Roads.

$4.8m

$547,951

June - Dec

Route 4 upgrade: Corridor 40

Freight route upgrade. Surface upgrades, drainage and culvert works on Waingake Road.

$3m

 $58,559

June - Dec

Route 5 upgrade: Corridor 20

Freight route upgrade. Surface upgrades, drainage and culvert works on Whatatutu area routes.

$2.3m

$20,318

May - Dec

Bridges - Local Roads

Repairs on rural bridges which lie on current and future harvest areas.

$3.4m

$11,600

Aug - Dec

Kaiinanga Hill

Resilience works on Waiomatatini Road where the Waiapu River has approached the road.

$200k

$ 8,497

May - Dec

50MAX

Repairs on rural bridges which lie on current and future harvest areas.

$3m

$1,641,230

Completion 2022

East Cape Road – Emergency Works

Rock revetment at 3.4km mark to ensure resilience from rising sea levels.

$1.8m

$780,475

Mar – Aug

Tiniroto Road – Emergency Works

Retaining wall works at dropout on Tiniroto Road

$500k

$               -  

June - Sept

Local Roads Network – Emergency Works

Repairs to Waikura Road and works at the 1.8km mark on East Cape Road.

$480k

$396,825

Completion June 20

East Cape Road Sealing

1.8km seal extension to the current sealed section of East Cape Road.

$1.8m

 $10,590

Oct - Dec

Emergency Repairs

Network repairs from the 2018 Queen's Birthday Flood. 8% funded by PGF, 92% funded by NLTF

$2.2m

 $1,375,736

Completion Sep-20

Heavy industry zone upgrade

Upgrade of Aerodrome Road including full surface upgrade, widening and drainage works.

$3.2m

 $667,237

May - Aug

Improved Network Resilience

Proactive maintenance works including culvert renewals, drainage works and road surface upgrades. Included 2019 Gisborne CBD upgrade.

$10m

 $ 9,962,897

Completion Jul 20

Rakaiatane Road upgrade

Full surface upgrade, electrical, drainage works on region's only access to Eastland Port.

$4.5m

 $4,214,045

Completion Jul 20

Business cases for approval

East Cape

Business case for major repair works on East Cape Road to protect from rising sea levels.

$320k

 $111,527

 

Route Security Structural

Business case for repair of multiple sites across region to improve economic resilience.

$2.14m

 $159,090

 

Tiniroto Rd

Business case to make improve resilience of Tiniroto Road as alternative route to state highway.

$68k

 $52,449

 

Kings Road/ Harper Road upgrade

Business case to develop alternative route for heavy vehicles to across Poverty Bay Flats to state highway.

$112k

 $67,788

 

 

 

Total funding

Total spend to date

 

 

 

$54.2m

$24.6m