Auckland Mayor Phil Goff says the city is ready and enthusiastic about promoting infrastructure projects to assist the country to recover quickly from the COVID-19 induced recession.
“The impact of COVID-19 and the lockdown of the country will, as elsewhere in the world, have a dramatically negative impact on jobs and business,” he says.
“As was the case in the 1930s in New Zealand, infrastructure projects with long-term benefits for the country can be used to stimulate the economy with a multiplier effect for job recovery. With a backlog of infrastructure projects which lagged behind and have constricted growth in Auckland, we can provide Ministers with projects that can get off the ground quickly.
“There will need to be a spread of projects across the country and Auckland will be just looking for a fair share of those projects, reflecting the 34 per cent of the country’s population and 38 per cent of GDP that the city represents.
“We will provide a smorgasbord of projects that can start quickly and which align with the government’s economic, social and environmental objectives.
“Council officers will begin immediately to draw up a range of proposals, with input from Ward Councillors and Local Boards,” says Phil Goff.
The proposals could include the following:
Deputy Mayor Bill Cashmore says, “Planning for beyond COVID-19 and its impact on New Zealand is critical. It is a positive step that the government is looking at projects that will be or are shovel ready.
“Auckland is ready and able to present to the government, in short order, a list of key infrastructure projects that are ready to go and whose delivery will add positively to employment and dwelling builds, and act as a primary catalyst to the economic rebuild we are so obviously going to need.”
Councillor and Chair of the Planning Committee, Chris Darby, says, “The government’s infrastructure investment strategy presents a unique opportunity to not just reboot the economy but reset and reposition the economy to meet the massive global shift taking place on many fronts.
“The arrival of Covid-19 combined with climate change readiness are ingredients for powering big leaps in Auckland’s infrastructure, land use planning and economy, to drive the global flight to quality over quantity. Auckland can lead this for the benefit of the nation.”