Keeping pace with a growing population

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Monday, July 13, 2015

One cannot underestimate the value of good infrastructure. We hardly notice it when it works well, but we certainly do when it does: Traffic jams, accidents, delays.

Last week I met with around 50 local Papamoa residents to discuss the issues close to their heart. Among them was the topic of local infrastructure.

It’s the Bay’s worst kept secret that it’s the best place to raise a family in New Zealand, and so we’ve seen massive growth in our centres in Tauranga, Papamoa and Omokoroa. Accordingly we’ve had to invest in major upgrades in our local roading networks over the last few years.

We’ve been negotiating the roadworks on SH2 for some time now, but it’s exciting to see sections of the new Tauranga Eastern Link open ahead of schedule this year. Furthermore, NZTA announced a $591 million package for roading and transport in the Bay to reduce travel times, support industry and jobs, and reduce the number of fatalities or serious injuries by 90 over the next ten years.

I’m particularly happy to see $14.6 million going toward cycleways in the Bay to complete the local network between centres like Omokoroa and Tauranga City. These investments raise the great quality of life we enjoy here in the Bay, and I appreciate the constructive relationship between local councils and government bodies as they crack on with job.