Council’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan is well underway, with a wide range of support for the community undertaken or committed to.
An Urban Centres Recovery Fund of $150,000 was established with funding allocated to the Hastings Business Association ($100,000), Havelock North Business Association ($40,000) and Flaxmere Retail Association ($10,000).
The Flaxmere Town Centre development plan is underway and a consultation process with the community is being worked on.
Council contributed $200,000 to the Hawke’s Bay Drought Recovery Fund with other support from the Crown, Hawke’s Bay Regional Council, CHB District Council and Centralines creating a $1m fund to support drought-affected farmers.
Council continues to explore external funding opportunities as part of the government’s COVID-19 stimulus package.
Funding confirmed to-date includes:
Council has adopted an Arts, Culture and Events Recovery Plan and allocated up to $300,000 for the delivery of programmes and events, the purchase of equipment and technology and installations. A significant investment in making Hastings a centre point for the celebration of Christmas is one of the key features of this plan.
Work is underway to develop a virtual rangatahi co-lab, a virtual space that connects our young people to services including information on health and wellbeing, cooking, education and employment, and events.
A Rapid Relief Fund was established during lockdown with $100,000 allocated for disbursement to organisations supporting the community through this difficult time. $65,000 was allocated to 14 organisations with about $20,000 claimed back from the Ministry of Civil Defence and Emergency Management.
An application has been made to the PGF for renovations to six of the district’s rural halls totalling $156,000, and an application was also made to the Marae Renovation Fund in conjunction with Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga for $4.17m for the 18 Hawke’s Bay marae. A decision on the success or otherwise of this application is pending.
Council in partnership with Napier City Council and the Crown as shareholders in Hawke’s Bay Airport Limited announced $9m of shareholder loans to support the company through this difficult time and to enable the terminal expansion to be completed. Hastings’ share of this loan was $2.16m.
3 August 2020
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