New Whakatāne $29m boat harbour fast-tracked

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Fast-track consenting made available for Provincial Growth Fund projects could see work start on a $29.4 million marina in Whakatāne mid-year.

Funding of $19.6 million has been provided by the Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit to build the boat harbour, and $9.8 million is to be contributed by Whakatāne District Council, with Te Rāhui Lands Trust providing the site.

The new boat harbour will provide commercial boat operators with access to better facilities and more berths while increasing economic returns for the community.

Whakatāne Mayor Judy Turner said the council had long supported the development of a new boat harbour.

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