Saturday, June 15, 2024

LGNZ welcomes Three Waters funding

LGNZ President, Stuart Crosby, has welcomed today’s Three Waters funding announcement, saying accessing the funds doesn’t preclude councils from holding a position on the controversial water reforms.

“We see this as a real opportunity for councils to start or fast-track projects that might not otherwise have got off the ground,” Mr Crosby (pictured) said.

He said LGNZ had strongly advocated for the sector to receive the funding, which provides councils with additional funds to invest in their local communities.

“It gives councils the opportunity to create and accelerate projects that build resilience to climate change and other natural hazards, deliver infrastructure that supports housing development, and enhance local placemaking and community wellbeing.”

“Accessing this funding doesn’t preclude councils from holding a position on the reform,” Mr Crosby said.

This first $500 million of the $2 billion better off package is available from 1 July.

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