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TUESDAY 11 JUNE 2019

Central Hawke’s Bay will see an injection of $35.5 million into infrastructure and economic development projects across the district as part of Provincial Growth Fund investment announcements yesterday.

The biggest amount is $20.1 million to upgrade essential economic transport routes leading to State Highway 2 and the Port of Napier.

Water security also receives a large chunk of money with $14.7 million going to the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council for the Tukituki water security project.

$350,000 will go toward a feasibility study to understand additional upgrades and investment requirements to meet High Productivity Motor Vehicle standards on CHB roads, while $250,000 will be used by the Central Hawke's Bay District Council to complete an economic development opportunities assessment for the district.

A joint project between Te Taiwhenua o Tamatea and the district council that will bring historic pā sites back to life will get just over $100,000.

Nga Ara Tipuna will use installations, signage and digital storytelling to engage locals and visitors.

Mayor Alex Walker said investment of this scale, in a small community like ours, is truly transformational.

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Meanwhile $4.4 million has been announced for a new rail centre in Dannevirke.

Funding for the centre was announced by Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Regional Economic Development Fletcher Tabuteau yesterday as part of a $68m investment package from the Provincial Growth Fund for Hawke's Bay.

An initial $400,000 is allocated for investigating the effect of a rail centre on the roading network, and if the evaluations were successful, a further $4m would be invested.

KiwiRail spokesman Todd Moyle said the centre would be used to transfer logs from trucks on to trains and transport them to Napier Port.

He said Dannevirke was seen as the most appropirate location for the centre.

Mr Moyle said the centre would create jobs for the region, and would also benefit trucking businesses.