Projects sought for R Funds

More than the $7.5 million remaining in the fund, which needs to be spent.

More than the $7.5 million remaining in the fund, which needs to be spent.

EXTRA projects will be sought to avoid the Gisborne district not making full use of the R funds available to it.

The Regional Transport Committee was told by New Zealand Transport Agency regional director Raewyn Bleakley that $10.1 million of the $21.7 million allocated to this district in R funds had been spent and projects worth $4.1 million had funding approved.

There was $8.3 million in projects awaiting approval, more than the $7.5 million remaining in the fund.

But the scope of some projects such as the Eastland Port access had been reduced and others were now being financed through other programmes such as the urban cycleways programme and the accelerated regional funding package.

This meant the total value of the remaining projects could fall below the amount remaining in the R funds.

It was important to remember they would not get this money back.

“We don’t want to be in the situation where there are surplus R funds that you lose.,” she said.

Staff were looking where they could find other work that was justifiable . They had until halfway through 2018 to use up the remaining funds.

It was not unusual for different projects to be moved around within a funding programme. The key thing was to see that all the funds available to this region were used.

A disaster if funds not spent

Committee chairman Roger Haisman said it would be a disaster if all the remaining funds were not used.

“This money will not come back again.”

Pat Seymour agreed but was a little alarmed to hear that the money might be used to increase the scope of the port access. Could it not be used for other things like resealing.?

Raewyn Bleakley said professional advice was that these were the most likely projects to be funded.

State highways manager Chuck Dowdell said increasing the scope of the port project included spending money on the roads feeding the port.

That included two passing opportunities on SH 35 at the Tolaga Bay Gorge and Pakarae Hill.

Pat Seymour said there were passing opportunities at Pakarae and the Tolaga Bay Gorge was substantially two way.

The committee had been trying for some time to get funds for the southern exit from Tokomaru Bay where trucks slowed down to go through the township and then came on to a narrow two-way road which had two passing lanes.

Mr Dowdell said the priority of projects was governed by a number of factors including geometry.

R funds were collected between 2016 and 2015 and were distributed regionally on a population basis.

EXTRA projects will be sought to avoid the Gisborne district not making full use of the R funds available to it.

The Regional Transport Committee was told by New Zealand Transport Agency regional director Raewyn Bleakley that $10.1 million of the $21.7 million allocated to this district in R funds had been spent and projects worth $4.1 million had funding approved.

There was $8.3 million in projects awaiting approval, more than the $7.5 million remaining in the fund.

But the scope of some projects such as the Eastland Port access had been reduced and others were now being financed through other programmes such as the urban cycleways programme and the accelerated regional funding package.

This meant the total value of the remaining projects could fall below the amount remaining in the R funds.

It was important to remember they would not get this money back.

“We don’t want to be in the situation where there are surplus R funds that you lose.,” she said.

Staff were looking where they could find other work that was justifiable . They had until halfway through 2018 to use up the remaining funds.

It was not unusual for different projects to be moved around within a funding programme. The key thing was to see that all the funds available to this region were used.

A disaster if funds not spent

Committee chairman Roger Haisman said it would be a disaster if all the remaining funds were not used.

“This money will not come back again.”

Pat Seymour agreed but was a little alarmed to hear that the money might be used to increase the scope of the port access. Could it not be used for other things like resealing.?

Raewyn Bleakley said professional advice was that these were the most likely projects to be funded.

State highways manager Chuck Dowdell said increasing the scope of the port project included spending money on the roads feeding the port.

That included two passing opportunities on SH 35 at the Tolaga Bay Gorge and Pakarae Hill.

Pat Seymour said there were passing opportunities at Pakarae and the Tolaga Bay Gorge was substantially two way.

The committee had been trying for some time to get funds for the southern exit from Tokomaru Bay where trucks slowed down to go through the township and then came on to a narrow two-way road which had two passing lanes.

Mr Dowdell said the priority of projects was governed by a number of factors including geometry.

R funds were collected between 2016 and 2015 and were distributed regionally on a population basis.

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