On a national scale, this venture opens up channels for expansion of the economic growth in marine industry
An exciting new development has been announced for the Tauranga waterfront. Tauranga City Council purchased the site almost a decade ago, following the closure of the 600-tonne slipway on the Tauranga waterfront, at Sulphur Point.
The 3.5 hectares will be put to use as a new marine business park, bringing together maritime businesses, Anthony Averill, property services manager for the Tauranga City Council, told us when we spoke with him recently. Tauranga’s marine community, already a hub of maritime craftsmanship and innovation, will increase its ability to contribute to economic growth for the industry in the Bay of Plenty area.
The new marine precinct – a project spearheaded by local council – will be adjacent to the harbour bridge, and is designed to improve local infrastructure and economic development within the area. Tauranga boasts one of New Zealand’s most successful ports, making the extension of the waterfront marine precinct a no-brainer. The project has received funding from the Bay of Plenty
Regional Council, in the form of a $5million grant to ensure economic improvement for the marine industry in the Bay of Plenty area and by extension, throughout the country. The entire precinct project budget has been set at $10million for Stage One; with the remaining $5million drawn from the sale of properties within and adjacent to the to the development. On a national scale, this venture opens up channels for expansion of economic growth in the marine industry and ensures the expansion of the marine trade in Tauranga, given its ideal coastal location.
In place of the old slipway, the marine precinct includes a 200-tonne travel lift and hardstand in the proposed plan. The development also seeks to improve berthing facilities and by clustering the maritime businesses, the council hopes to reduce problems for workboats and others operating in the area.
The project will be taken to the market, to register businesses like fishing fleets, boat builders, marine engineers and other local entities, thus creating a hub for the local marine industry and encouraging growth of this sector by improving infrastructure. There may be some opportunity also for marine retail outlets and eateries in the precinct, but the priority is the commercial and marine sector.
“We hope to maintain current tenants in the area such as Hutcheson Boatbuilders, Western Work Boats and Aotearoa Fisheries, as well as secure new additions. The precinct is predicted to house at least 195 employees of the marine sector,” says Averill.
Following the final plan submissions in June this year, stage one of the project is set to be completed and fully operational by 2016.
Tauranga City Council is seeking Registrations of Interest from marine businesses that wish to be located in the Tauranga Marine Precinct. If you’d like to register, contact Anthony Averill firstname.lastname@example.org