PGF makes Dunedin-ites happy
Published: Nov 18, 2019 · Updated: Dec 1, 2020
The Provincial Growth Fund has provided $57.86 million for Dunedin projects.
There were big investments including:
- $19.9 million towards the region’s ambitious waterfront redevelopment project,
- $19.97 million to re-establish KiwiRail’s Hillside workshop, and
- $10 million for establishing Otago as the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry over the next ten years.
And there were smaller votes of confidence:
- $63,000 of Te Ara Mahi funding to support eight 17 and 18 year olds to enter careers in forestry, and
- $7.9 million for several of the region’s engineering companies.
Helping connect the city to its waterfront
The waterfront project funding will help with the first stage of the project, which involves constructing the wharf infrastructure and public space and will complement the Dunedin City Council’s plans to develop a pedestrian and cycling bridge connecting the waterfront to the city.
The waterfront transformation is part of wider local initiatives underway to stimulate economic growth and employment within Dunedin and the wider Otago region. The Council expects the completed project will bring new jobs in education, research, technology, innovation and tourism ventures in the region.
Re-establishing KiwiRail’s heavy lifting facility
The Hillside engineering workshop was once a key part of New Zealand’s rail infrastructure and the $19.97m of PGF funding will re-establish it as a mechanical hub and heavy engineering facility to service KiwiRail’s trains. Hillside is the only heavy lifting rail facility in the South Island so it is vital to KiwiRail’s business.
Bringing us closer to a $1 billion gaming industry
The investment to make Dunedin the centre of New Zealand’s creative digital industry will bring us closer to the vision of a $1 billion computer gaming industry, which will catalyse new economic growth and sustainable employment opportunities.
Dunedin is well placed to do this as it builds on the city’s emerging gaming and digital businesses, a thriving start-up mentality, strong Māori partnerships, global links and strong academic partners.
The digital economy is the fastest growing segment of the global economy. The establishment of CODE will be a catalyst for a stronger digital economy within New Zealand.
Over a ten-year period it’s estimated that CODE will create between 30 and 50 new small video game studios, each employing on average 3.5 employees and 3 to 5 large video game studios, each employing on 45 workers on average.
Supporting young people into careers in forestry
For young people looking for a career in forestry Te Ara Mahi is investing $63,000 in the 2020 school year to support eight 17 and 18 year olds to enter careers in this sector.
The funding will see these young people trained, upskilled and supported into local full time employment. They will gain first-hand experience in the forestry industry, from establishment to production, while gaining industry-related qualifications.
Funding for Dunedin’s engineering sector
The Provincial Growth Fund is investing almost $8m in smaller engineering and manufacturing sectors, which are vital for the region both in terms of economic growth and employment opportunities.
There’s $5.8m towards the establishment of a dedicated manufacturing agriculture technology business unit within Dunedin-based company Scott Technology. This unit will be dedicated to automation solutions and services for New Zealand food processors, producers and their suppliers.
Petridish Limited has been funded $240,000 towards equipment and salaries for its ‘Makerspace’ area that allows manufacturing businesses to trial and test new, innovative products.
United Machinists will be able to buy a piece of engineering equipment to accelerate the manufacturing of parts and products and Site Weld will buy three pieces of equipment for its fabrication, repair and maintenance services business, which services mining, industrial, heavy transport, marine and forestry sectors and is regularly involved in Health and Safety solutions.
Farra Engineering Limited has received $325,000 to put towards installing a Horizontal Floor Borer machine to help make maintenance work for several major South Island power generators go faster.
The Bison Group has been funded to create a demonstration space to showcase its products that lift and weigh shipping containers and for additional equipment.
Red One Fabrication Limited has been supported to buy a piece of engineering equipment to help it increase its output. Red One Fabrication is a leader in the innovation and design of stainless steel and aluminium products for the aviation industry.
And to help the region’s engineering industry pull together and collaborate more effectively the PGF has provided $495,000 over 3 years to help establish the Southland and Otago Regional Engineering Collective which will coordinate efforts to build the sector’s capability and capacity.