$6.15 million has been set aside for six projects to support community wellbeing and placemaking.
New Land Search and Rescue (LandSaR) Base
$0.15 million funding has been set aside for a new Land Search and Rescue Base at Onerahi Airport. This contribution will fund a building extension and fit out to further accommodate LandSaR.
A contribution of $0.20 million to increase the presence of CitySafe officers by two part-time staff and pay a Living Wage to all staff.
The funding will enable additional CitySafe resourcing to address anti-social behaviour at the Rose Street Bus Stop and support optimal staff recruitment and retention.
The Ōakura Sports Park Development and Wetland Restoration
$0.85m contribution to wetland and walkways on land managed as part of the Ōakura Sports Park for ecological and recreation outcomes.
The Ruakākā Recreation Centre Stage 1
There is a $0.80 million contribution combined with other grants to contribute towards completing Stage 1 of the new recreation centre, Wahitakaro.
The new recreation centre is underway in Ruakākā to meet the community’s growing social, cultural and recreational needs.
The facility will include a gymnasium, carpark facilities and multi-use spaces for classes and events. Construction is expected to be completed in April 2024.
The Whangārei Heads Volunteer Fire Brigade
The Whangārei Heads Volunteer Fire Brigade First Response is getting $0.15 million for building extension. This is a contribution to complete a building extension for this community service including parking for response vehicles, kit locker rooms, ablutions and more.
The Māori Wellbeing Fund
The Māori Wellbeing Fund is a contestable fund that will receive $4.00 million to support Māori and community well-being projects or initiatives.
This is expected to launch in November 2023 with more information about how to apply.