12 August 2016
Mayor Annette Main today welcomed the announcement from Economic Development Minister Steven Joyce that central government would provide $500,000 funding support to help Whanganui District Council develop a detailed blueprint to revitalise the Whanganui Marine Precinct.
The investment is being made as part of the Manawatū-Whanganui Economic Action Plan that is being launched today. This is an exciting and ambitious project that will develop the local marine industry and improve the area’s recreational facilities. Local stakeholders including Whanganui District Council, Whanganui Iwi and local businesses have shown excellent initiative and drive to progress the project to this point.
The Council will also contribute to the development of a Master Plan that will prioritise investments.
“Public engagement and input will be critical to making this vision a reality,” Mayor Main said.
One of the first and most important steps of the revitalisation is the relocation of Q-West Boat Building’s premises to Tod Street. Cornerstone investor Q-West will make a significant financial commitment to ensure that this is a success. This will be the start of a Marine Precinct development that could also service marine industry training facilities.
“The investment and relocation of Q-West is part of a bigger vision to re-imagine and re-purpose Whanganui’s port area to be a centrepiece for commercial possibilities and public recreation,” Mayor Main said.
“The Port Revitalisation has terrific potential to attract new investment to the region.”
Read the Minister's announcement on the Beehive website
Read the Accelerate25 media release about the Action Plan launch