Moving within the business community there continues to be serious discussion and comment since a Gisborne Holdings Ltd director released a thought-provoking document based around the fact that our community needs to be planning now for alternative heavy traffic routes in and around our city.
To better understand this project several chamber executive members recently met with GHL representatives where the proposal was further explained.
The tabled document certainly is ambitious yet at this time all GHL is actually requesting is that a feasibility study be undertaken to consider just how our city should manage the ever-increasing volumes of large vehicles in and around our city.
Notably that is the heavy vehicles heading to and from Eastland Port, yet at the same time making sure that our city is a more vibrant and importantly a safe place to live and do business.
The mechanism to fund this high-end feasibility study would be the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund — from which we have recently received much-needed roading funds. From my perspective this study should also consider the movement of logs via rail from the Dunstan Road area to Eastland Port.
For many this may be speculative. However, consider the well-documented projected increases in the volume of log activity alone and the need for major infrastructure investment is clear. This is not an issue that can be swept under the carpet.
Like it or not, Gisborne city and the wider Tairawhiti has a serious logging industry that is growing and is here for the long term. Currently our port is ranked No.2 in New Zealand for log exports behind Tauranga.
The forestry industry employs many locals and there are a lot of employment opportunities across many aspects of this industry for those looking to work. High on that list is drivers.
At this time we need visionary thinking and a plan for the longer term, hence the chamber endorses the GHL proposal of a heavy traffic feasibility study.
Gisborne Chamber of Commerce CEO
Posted: Wednesday 10 October 2018