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Progress with Phase One projects

The Phase One report included sixty initial projects to address the impact of COVID-19, which includes projects that have been considered by Council (as above), submissions to government’s ‘shovel ready’ scheme, labour redeployment and others.

Progress has been announced for the following projects (refer to the TEAM Phase One report (Section G - pages 32-44) for more detail on the project numbering and details):

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Project title

Progress

TEAM action Ongoing/completed

1

Iwi/tourism labour training and employment partnership

Application submitted, outcome awaited

Completed

2

Primary industries and environmental labour redeployment

Ministry of Social Development (MSD) have developed a range of programmes and a local employment hub to assist transition between industries

Completed

3

Farm development and repair business initiative

No update

Ongoing

4

Train domestic workforce for grapevine pruning

Government support announced for 200 training places in partnership between Wine Marlborough, Primary ITO and Ministry of Social Development

Completed

5

Regional participation in interim Marlborough Regional Skills Leadership Group

Marlborough iRSLG announced in June

Completed

6-16

Council identified Environmental business ready projects

“Catchment Care” government funding approved. Other projects submitted or under discussion.

Completed

17

Government co-investment in Maori job opportunities

Various opportunities available via MSD and Provincial Growth Fund

Completed

18

Time restricted free parking

Council has extended first two hours of free parking in Blenheim until September 2020

Completed

19

Remove hospitality footpath licence charges

Charges funded by Council for twelve months

Completed

20

Rates relief

Rates increase for 2020/21 below Local Government Cost Index. Remission of rates penalties adopted.

Completed

21

Activation projects to attract people to CBD’s

Funding agreed for some projects, with further projects under discussion with the Hospitality, Retail and Tourism working group

Ongoing

22

Mental Health Messaging promotion

Connection made between lead government agency (Health) and business support providers

Completed

23

Chamber business support webinars and follow up

See below

Ongoing

24

Provision of professional advice to small businesses

See below

Ongoing

25

Promotion of business support available to businesses

Promotion by Council and various other partners including government and Chamber

Completed

26

Animal feed transport subsidies for drought affected farms

Government scheme provided

Completed

27

Visa flexibility for 2020 workforce

Immigration New Zealand leading the visa extension programme

Completed

28

Support local campaign ‘Make it Marlborough’

See below

Ongoing

29

Support local infrastructure companies to bid for Council work

Procurement Policy amended

Completed

30

Support key community venues

MDC funding process agreed, and funding decisions being made

Completed

31

Provide information to café and restaurants on rules of opening during level 2/1

Information provided via media release and website

Completed

32-35

Various economic projects submitted for government funding

Marlborough Research Centre funding approved, other projects declined

Completed

36

Review MDC support for commercial events

Support provided by Regional events Adviser

Completed

37

Tourism promotion to available visitor markets

Council and government funding provided

Ongoing

38-54

Various infrastructure projects submitted to government shovel ready projects call

Bids submitted. Marlborough District Library and Art Gallery approved.

Completed

55

Government assisted air freight

Government led approach to freight issues

Completed

56

Frontline business process review

Processes enacted during level 3 and 4 to assist relevant cases

Completed

57

Small Townships Programme review

Projects prioritised and implementation underway

Completed

58

Government safe footpaths fund applications

Innovating Streets applications submitted, Renwick scheme approved

Completed

59

Smart+Connected groups review

S+C groups considered response and actions taken where relevant – eg. community support

Completed

60

Community grants increase to community organisations

Application assessment process completed by Council

Completed