District Regeneration Gains Momentum

In a huge boost to Regeneration, the Council has approved $18.6 million over the next ten years be included within the Long Term Plan for District Regeneration activity.

While the decision is not final until the Long Term Plan is adopted on Tuesday 19 June, it does give extra confidence that the widely-supported Recovery Plan can be fully implemented and the majority of work completed in the next three years.

Councillor Al Blackie, Portfolio Holder for District Regeneration is pleased to see the additional funding included. “It is important we get on with this work programme, not just for those directly affected communities of Kaiapoi, The Pines Beach and Kairaki but for the benefit of the entire district,” said CR Blackie.

The work programme includes a BMX track, dog park, recreational and ecological links, road improvements, sport fields and facilities as well as heritage and mahinga kai areas.

Council also approved the deferral of a proposed $1.4 million Memorial Garden to at least 2028 or later, when it was expected there would be a greater need for the facility.

Planning for the mixed-use business areas in Kaiapoi is also underway, with public consultation on a refreshed Kaiapoi Town Centre Plan scheduled for August.  This plan is expected to show how the mixed-use business areas will be integrated with the existing town centre over the coming years.