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Focus on beneficial development

It is good to see progress around our inner harbour development taking shape and our Gladstone Road bridge close to completion, albeit with only a partial view of the river to one side and surface sealing still to be undertaken. With the local body election along with Te Ha 1769-2019 Sestercentennial in October, Gisborne is going to be busy this year.

The new ablution block beside the boat ramp appears to be taking some time to complete and the continuous heavy machinery working inside the port area is ongoing. What is not changing is the already significant daily flow of log trucks to our port.

Via increased additional investment (thanks especially to the Provincial Growth Fund), we are about to note increased road infrastructure works taking place around our district.

It is with this in mind that I look forward to reading a high-level feasibility assessment of a “Gisborne Urban Heavy Traffic Bypass”. This report, which is focused on the long term, has been commissioned by Gisborne Holdings Ltd and is close to being finalised.

The Gisborne Chamber’s annual meeting is being held on Tuesday, April 30 at the Waikanae Surf Life Saving Club and will be followed by a discussion for those interested in the chamber’s findings from a recently-completed case study on the potential of reusing waste water. Question: Is opposition to the use of recycled water simply perception? If you would like to come along, please register with the chamber.

We have a busy month ahead. On May 7-8 economic development agency Activate Tairawhiti is running a circular economy conference with diverse subjects and including international speakers. If you would like to attend this free conference please contact either Activate Tairawhiti or the chamber for details.

With local secondary schools back in full swing, our YES (Young Enterprise Scheme) programme is well under way with the chamber working across schools and local businesses. If you would like to be involved in the YES programme please make contact with the chamber.

The Gisborne Chamber of Commerce is actively pursuing its mission “to represent and promote the interests of industry and commerce for the beneficial development of Gisborne and its people, and to be the voice of Gisborne business”.

One of the chamber’s vital roles in the business community is as your business partner, providing representation and a voice for business on current issues, proposals and local and regional developments that impact your business.

The chamber is your voice of business for Gisborne and Tairawhiti, to improve the business environment.

If you have any issues or concerns to raise please contact Terry via

Posted: Saturday 27 April 2019