The draft plan provided for a ‘business as usual’ programme in which core Council services are maintained in line with current levels. Under that programme, Wellington may continue to be a great place to live – but centre stage will be elsewhere.
The better option – the one we proposed − is to ‘invest for growth’. For a small and manageable increase in debt and rates, the Council would support new initiatives to unlock the city’s growth potential. The up-front investment is modest. The long-term benefit is potentially huge.
Our sustainable growth agenda
By choosing the option to invest for growth, the following projects could be advanced:
- A longer airport runway: bringing in more international visitors, and enhancing business and education connections.
- Screen & tech industries: supporting smart and sustainable economic growth
- Inner city regeneration: promoting housing and a vibrant inner city
- Revitalise the Civic Square precinct: a national music hub, more activity, and a strengthened Town Hall
- Reigniting our sense of place through creative events and public space improvements
- Strengthening town centres: creating liveable communities and accommodating growth
- New and improved venues for music, sport, and conventions
- New visitor attractions: celebrating Wellington’s culture and environment
- Improved management of key infrastructure: for greater efficiency, and better environmental and social outcomes
- Use smart technology to reduce energy use, make streets safer, and make parking easier
- Real transport choices for an efficient, sustainable and safe transport network
Senior Advisor, Planning and Reporting