United front brought rewards

LETTER

Congratulations!! Now that I’ve had a chance to see more details of the announcements on Friday to boost and support economic development in Tairawhiti (from the excellent coverage in The Gisborne Herald I must add, even though I am the local MP I haven’t received any information from the Government!), I want to congratulate everyone involved.

A united front has certainly brought rewards. For the first time in a long, long time we’ve seen industry, iwi, ECT and the council absolutely united as they put their case to the Government. And it worked.

So a huge round of applause for our community leaders, from every industry and community leadership role, you’ve done us here in Tairawhiti proud.

It is a “game changer”, not only because of the money to be invested, but because there is such a clear vision as to where that investment should go. That is what will really change “the game” long term for our communities.

Congratulations must also go to the NZ Transport Agency for finally recognising that industry pays enormous road user charges on Tairawhiti roads which has not matched their re-investment by any stretch of the imagination.

Again, with industry stepping up and contributing their information and expertise to the economic plan, we will now see a more realistic and fair roading programme. Our internal connections, and our vital external connections, will all get a major boost — boy that has been a long time coming!

Congratulations to Gisborne District Council. They spearheaded the process, were bold with their requests, and have gathered everyone together to present a united strategy. This will be a great legacy for this particular council, for our elected representatives and the outstanding work from council staff. They cop a great deal of criticism from time to time, but they’ve really excelled for the region this time.

Finally, can I also congratulate the Government. They took the economic plan seriously, they recognised the united vision, and they have delivered considerable funding to an outstanding strategy, to see Tairawhiti prosper and grow.

I can certainly feel spring in the air — and I look forward to Tairawhiti’s summer days.

Anne Tolley

East Coast MP

Congratulations!! Now that I’ve had a chance to see more details of the announcements on Friday to boost and support economic development in Tairawhiti (from the excellent coverage in The Gisborne Herald I must add, even though I am the local MP I haven’t received any information from the Government!), I want to congratulate everyone involved.

A united front has certainly brought rewards. For the first time in a long, long time we’ve seen industry, iwi, ECT and the council absolutely united as they put their case to the Government. And it worked.

So a huge round of applause for our community leaders, from every industry and community leadership role, you’ve done us here in Tairawhiti proud.

It is a “game changer”, not only because of the money to be invested, but because there is such a clear vision as to where that investment should go. That is what will really change “the game” long term for our communities.

Congratulations must also go to the NZ Transport Agency for finally recognising that industry pays enormous road user charges on Tairawhiti roads which has not matched their re-investment by any stretch of the imagination.

Again, with industry stepping up and contributing their information and expertise to the economic plan, we will now see a more realistic and fair roading programme. Our internal connections, and our vital external connections, will all get a major boost — boy that has been a long time coming!

Congratulations to Gisborne District Council. They spearheaded the process, were bold with their requests, and have gathered everyone together to present a united strategy. This will be a great legacy for this particular council, for our elected representatives and the outstanding work from council staff. They cop a great deal of criticism from time to time, but they’ve really excelled for the region this time.

Finally, can I also congratulate the Government. They took the economic plan seriously, they recognised the united vision, and they have delivered considerable funding to an outstanding strategy, to see Tairawhiti prosper and grow.

I can certainly feel spring in the air — and I look forward to Tairawhiti’s summer days.

Anne Tolley

East Coast MP

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