1493678689353 - Government offers post-quake funding to three local councils

Government offers post-quake funding to three local councils

Three district councils are about to get a share of post-quake government funding to help them deal with an influx of building consents and planning issues.

Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee has announced $2.5 million to help Kaikoura, Hurunui and Marlborough District councils shoulder their additional local government responsibilities following the 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

The councils would need to operate at a higher level, taking on staff and being more active with communities and Government over the next few years, Brownlee said.

“Based on Christchurch’s experience, we can expect a ramp-up in council activities, potentially doubling their regulatory services,” he said.

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“These small councils are expending considerable time and effort to engage with their communities, including many in remote areas, as well as working with the government agencies assisting the recovery.”

Government officials would work with the councils to allocate the funding effectively, Brownlee said.

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