08 September 2017

Initiatives that boost economic performance continue to be supported and implemented by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and its partners.

Economic development is one of five outcomes that guide the council’s work. The Bay of Plenty’s natural resources are vital to how people live and form the foundation for economic development work that creates opportunities for present and future generations.

With that in mind, the regional council has allocated 11 percent of its $171 million annual budget to continuing to do so. Regional council chair Doug Leeder says $42m will be spent over the next five years to support the delivery of major regional infrastructure projects being led by our partners. These projects include the Tauranga Marine Precinct, Te Puna West Sewerage Scheme and Opotiki Harbour Development Project.

The council is also contributing $20,000 towards the establishment of a Bay of Plenty film office. “This venture aims to attract local, national and international productions to the region, increasing the Bay’s profile and creating economic opportunities,” Doug says.

Over the coming year the council will continue to support the Bay of Connections strategy to help grow the visitor economy and agri-business sectors. It has allocated $40,000 to each of these two sectors under the Regional Growth Study action plan.

“We continue to support an integrated public transport system and have allocated a $7000 grant for a Smart Transport Options event in the Western Bay,” Doug says.

The 2017/18 annual plan sets out what activities the council will undertake and how they will be paid for. Copies of the 2017/18 annual plan are available from any regional council office, libraries across the Bay of Plenty or from www.boprc.govt.nz.

For further information about the regional council’s economic development work, visit our website.