A significant injection from the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) will create new opportunities in transport and tourism across the West Coast and underpins the direction of the Development West Coast 2018-25 Strategy.

The funding was announced at a recent DWC luncheon by Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones, alongside his colleagues, Rural Communities Minister and West Coast-Tasman MP Damien O’Connor, and Under-Secretary Fletcher Tabuteau.

Over $600,000 has been allocated for four feasibility studies in transport and tourism which look set to boost employment opportunities throughout the region. The specific programmes include the viability of upgrades to Westport and Greymouth ports, developing a master plan for Greymouth to rejuvenate the town, and assisting KiwiRail to explore the viability of a scenic train service between Westport and Hokitika.

DWC chief executive Chris Mackenzie applauds the Government for their commitment to supporting the regions through the Provincial Growth Fund initiative.

“We have such a diverse and vast region, but by investigating the opportunities for growth in the rail and shipping sectors, we can connect all Coasters. If we have financial support to develop and grow our infrastructure we can leverage those opportunities to create new industry and business,” Mr Mackenzie says.

“This is a very positive endorsement of our region and we look forward to working with the Government as it moves these projects forward.”