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In June the Hutt City Council approved its annual plan which included a number of new projects designed to rejuvenate Lower Hutt. Wainuiomata looks set to benefit with a range of projects and initiatives with one being the inclusion of $300,000 over the next 3 years to focus on implementing a development plan. This spending is a part of Council’s Urban Growth Strategy and will ultimately focus on making Wainuiomata a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work and play.
Councillor Campbell Barry who proposed the $300k investment is very pleased with the result. “This is a good win for Wainuiomata, but it is just the beginning”. Councillor Barry sees the money as seed funding for bigger and better development here in Wainuiomata. “$300k alone won’t go far, but as long as we are smart in how we use it, I have no doubt that we can initiate some long term and on-going positive change for our community”.
Other significant projects and initiatives which are included in this year’s Council budget for Wainuiomata include $1.5m for the extension and upgrade of Wise Street, $1.2m (part funded by NZTA) for improvements to the Wainuiomata Hill Road, $1m for sewer renewals and $70k for Youth Inspire (Mayors taskforce for Jobs).
$820k is also being carried over from 2013/14 for a bridge at the top of the Wainuiomata Hill. “We are still waiting on NZTA to approve a 58% subsidy for the summit bridge, but from the advice we have received it looks very promising the subsidy will be approved this year” says Councillor Barry. Council has also continued its commitment of at least $30k each year for improvements to Waiu Park. There is also a provision of $225k to upgrade the Wainuiomata Garden of Remembrance at the northern end of Hine Road, however this will not be until 2016/17.
Overall Councillor Barry is happy with the outcomes of Council’s budget for Wainuiomata. “We are taking care of our core infrastructure and have some exciting new initiatives and projects that will compliment what is already happening. There is still a long way to go, and there will be hurdles to jump, but I believe we are on the right track”.