Climate resilience projects
Resilient River Communities projects
Flood protection infrastructure Government funding: $13.875 million
Environment Southland funding: $5.125 million
Total project investment: $19 million
Jobs over life of project: 100+
In July 2020, the Government announced an economic stimulus package, which included funding for community resilience projects that were 'shovel ready' and would create new jobs. The aim was to support local economies and foster social wellbeing as a buffer to the impacts of Covid-19.
As a result, Kānoa - the Regional Economic Development & Investment Unit of the Ministry for Business Innovation and Employment are investing over $200 million to support regional councils and unitary authorities to protect communities and build resilience, so they are better able to cope with the impact of extreme weather events.
Environment Southland received $13.875 million over five years from Kānoa for Resilient River Communities projects that will see critical flood protection work accelerated. Council is contributing $5.125 million in a co-funding arrangement with Kānoa. This follows community consultation in 2020-21 where we gathered feedback on funding the local share contribution, receiving majority support for the proposal.
Funding of this scale into Murihiku Southland's flood defences means we can improve community resilience years sooner and at a much-reduced cost to the ratepayer.
Environment Southland's Resilient River Communities projects also aim to lift regional employment and create close to 100 jobs.