Schemes to open up work and business opportunities
The $700,000 of Northland development initiatives announced in the Budget last week comprise a series of one-off grants for projects ranging from research into aquaculture and climate and land use, to funding for developing new training courses in the boat-building industry.
The $200,000 to the Kaipara and Far North District Councils for soil and climate study is to assess suitable agricultural opportunities. The Kaipara council will also get $100,000 to start the opening up of local waterways and facilitate development of marine resources.
Another $100,000 will be used for an integrated transport study. Poor transport infrastructure was identified as a barrier to development.
The $100,000 contribution towards the development of a sustainable scallop fishery in Northland will be used primarily to develop a comprehensive management plan for the fishery.
The $200,000 for skills training will be used to address the shortage of skilled tradespeople in the boat-building industry, developing courses for people from related trades and developing industry qualification specifications.