4. Seeking government funding for major infrastructure
Following the 2020 lockdown, Council applied for government funding towards several large infrastructure projects.
“Our district has seen steady economic growth over recent years. We are now looking ahead to minimise the impact of COVID-19 on our district, and stimulate our local economy. These applications to central government are one piece of that puzzle – but a piece that could mean a significant boost for our community,” added Mayor Ash Tanner.
Two of these funding applications were awarded, including:
- $640,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund to seal the cycleway between Te Aroha and Matamata. Work on this project has been awarded to local business J Swap Contractors, to stimulate the local economy and create jobs in our community. Work on this project is already underway.
- Approximately $90,000 from Waka Kotahi (New Zealand Transport Agency) towards the Business Bubble Zones in Morrinsville to improve pedestrain spaces
We will listen closely for updates from the government following the 2021 lockdown. If funding is again available to stimulate the economy, Council will assess current projects and apply for funding to help speed up recovery in the Matamata-Piako District.