Funding Announced for Scout Hall and Aquatic Centre
The Kaikōura Aquatic Centre and Scout Hall will benefit from a $1,470,000 Government investment.
Parliamentary Undersecretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau came to Kaikōura today to make the announcement on behalf of the Government.
“These two projects will increase the economic potential of the region and lessen the effects to Kaikōura regional economy of Covid-19. A region still recovering from the November 2016 earthquake,” Fletcher Tabuteau said.
The projects include:
- $1 million to complete the construction of the Kaikōura Aquatic Centre,
- $470,000 to renovate and refurbish the Kaikōura Scout Hall, located beside State Highway 1.
The announcement took place in the Scout Hall and was attended by invited guests and stakeholders. The next step for the Scout Hall will be a discussion between community group users and council to determine what the upgrade will look like.
Youth Council representative Petra Jellyman said in her speech “We are super excited to partner with the other hall users and the council in the upgrade of this important community space. We want to thank both the PGF and DIA for their funding. We are delighted to think that it will become a warm and comfortable space for our community and generations in the future.”
The funding for the Aquatic Centre was also very well received with Kaikōura Community Charitable Trust Board Chair; John Wyatt remarking “It truly is a shovel ready project. The tender process for the main contract is due to complete next week, and we hope to start the build in early Spring – this funding ensures we can do that.”
The funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) provides an opportunity to redeploy local tradespeople into jobs that can commence immediately. Both projects will stimulate the economy and benefit the local community.
24 July 2020