Hon Shane Jones, Minister for Regional Economic Development
The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) is investing $3.7 million in Gore across two projects that will tackle youth unemployment and support economic growth in Southland, Regional Economic Development Minister Shane Jones announced today.
“We’ve already invested over $14 million in Southland through the PGF and we’re delighted to make further investments to support the Gore district,” Shane Jones said.
“The announcement today includes a $1.6 million investment towards the Maruawai precinct project, which involves the redevelopment of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and creation of the Maruawai Heritage Centre. A further $2.1 million will go towards the Hokonui Huanui programme to provide wrap-around support services for children and rangatahi.
“The Gore community has told us that they want to make the most of the tourism opportunities in the wider Southland and Otago area. We’ve heard this and are proud to come to the table and support the Maruawai precinct project.
“We will also invest to support local young people to take up jobs that will be created from a growing Southland economy. Our investment in the Hokonui Huanui project will help change the lives of rangatahi who are at risk of long-term unemployment.
“Our investment in the Maruawai precinct project will lure more visitors to Gore as they travel around the lower South Island to places such as Queenstown and Dunedin. What’s more, the PGF will also prepare local young people for the jobs these tourism opportunities will create through the Hokonui Huanui programme.
“When I was in Gore a year ago I laid down the challenge for the community to come together and put forward their most promising proposals to the PGF. The investments made today are an example of the community working with us to progress their priorities.
“We are proud to support these two projects which will create a solid foundation for future growth in the Gore district,” Shane Jones said.