A group has recently been formed – the Flooding Economic Recovery Group - to discuss the impact of this significant weather event and to help identify some solutions.
It consists of members from central and local government, local businesses, and iwi and business support agencies. The group is chaired by Trevor Hook of Te Mahia Bay Lodge in Kenepuru Sound.
Other members include:
- Councillors Nadine Taylor, Barbara Faulls, Brian Dawson and David Oddie (Marlborough District Council - MDC)
- Marlborough Recovery Managers Dean Heiford and Marianne Aitken, Economic Development Manager Neil Henry (MDC)
- Lynley Perkins, Braden Moleta, (local businesses)
- Bev Pitts (Awatere Valley)
- David Johnston – Ngati Kuia, Corey Hebbard - Rangitane, Shane Graham – Ngati Rarua (iwi representatives)
- Craig Churchill – Ministry of Social Development, Nova Mercier – Ministry of Primary Industries, Margot Ferrier – Department of Conservation (DOC), Steve Murrin – Waka Kotahi/Marlborough Roads Recovery Manager (Government)
- Jacqui Lloyd – Destination Marlborough, Pete Coldwell – Marlborough Chamber of Commerce
The role of the group is to:
- Discuss the current and future impact of flooding
- Discuss potential solutions
- Agree the picture of impact to be communicated
- Agree on solutions to be investigated for implementation by government, the Council and others
- Communicate with community and other stakeholders
Business support vouchers
The Council is offering a limited amount of support to flood-affected businesses, to access local business advisory services.
This support is administered on Council's behalf by Business Trust Marlborough and the Marlborough Chamber of Commerce.
The purpose of this funding is to provide advice that helps businesses that have been negatively affected by the recent floods to respond to the immediate impacts, and to remain sustainable as they do so.
To qualify for this support, businesses will need to demonstrate a material impact to their revenue or ability to operate as normal, as a result of the July flooding. The financial support provided will be used to procure business advisory services or business coaching, to enable businesses to restructure their operations, reduce costs or access alternative revenue sources. As funding is limited, it is recommended that interested businesses get in touch as soon as possible.
Please click on the link below to complete an application form, if you think your business qualifies for this support. You will be contacted to obtain further information.