Future Projects for Our Smart Capital

16 April 2013

The draft Annual Plan contains some modest new initiatives to help achieve Wellington’s vision for a people-centred, Smart Capital.

Construction work at Shed 6.

We want your feedback on these proposals, which include:

  • Smart energy – $250,000 a year for two years for smart energy partnerships (dollar-for-dollar funding) to enhance our reputation as a progressive city and reduce pressure on the environment and infrastructure.
  • ‘Greening’ Taranaki Street – $150,000 to redesign this major route through the central city including tree planting and other design and development measures.
  • Civic Square – $150,000 to investigate opportunities for this precinct, given the need to strengthen quake-prone buildings and other issues.
  • Waterfront development opportunities – funding to be sourced by Wellington
  • Waterfront Ltd to upgrade the children’s playground, provide a base for Crocodile Bikes and improve water-based recreation facilities.
  • Clyde Quay Marina – $205,000 feasibility funding for the proposed marina upgrade.

More details and other proposals are in the draft Annual Plan.

Draft Annual Plan 2013/14

Major projects and priorities

Projects already in the budget for next year include:

  • Destination Wellington – a programme to attract business, talent and investment to the region, jointly run by Positively Wellington Tourism, Grow Wellington and the City Council – $1.9 million is budgeted.
  • National War Memorial Park – we are working with the Ministry of Culture and Heritage and NZTA on this project and contributing $5 million.
  • Our Living City – this programme aims to improve our urban-nature connections, and includes projects such as ‘Two Million Trees’, and partnerships with Victoria University and others.
  • Earthquake strengthening – Shed 6 is being strengthened ahead of becoming the replacement venue for the Town Hall during its own quake-strengthening.