The Budget for the Bay

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Thursday, June 2, 2016

Everyone knows that to enjoy a First World lifestyle, you first have to earn like a First World economy and this means investment in our country’s economic potential. Budget 2016 delivers on this vision by focusing on growing the economy through supporting innovation, infrastructure, social investment and health.

Infrastructure has been a hot topic in our region as a result of our phenomenal growth. In this area there have been some fantastic announcements especially in roading. The Tauranga Northern Link has been announced that will see $286 million spent to allow the creation and success of this critical road corridor to the city. There is also $85 million to be spent on safety improvements and up to $150 million to provide for future traffic growth, paving the way for an upgrade between Omokoroa and Te Puna. This will be vital for our community and has not come a moment too soon.

To support our families and communities the Government will provide $41.1 million over the next four years for emergency housing and grants. For the Bay of Plenty this will mean 60 places for individuals or families at any one time, for a maximum stay of 3 months. Over a year the emergency housing will provide 240 places for individuals and families in need. Improved access to emergency housing is vital to provide an essential safety net for families and individuals that encounter extreme hardship so it is great to see that we are working hard to provide more in this area.