Auckland's local boards will be able to access $10 million per annum for local transport projects after a decision made by the strategy and finance committee.
The boards will be able to use their share of the funding for any local transport capital works, provided they are technically deliverable and meet transport safety requirements, mayor Len Brown says.
"Although Auckland Transport will retain responsibility for the budget and delivery, it will be up to the boards to decide how the funds would best be used.”
The budget can be bundled and carried over into later years or by bringing future years of the budget forward.
Mr Brown says this ensures boards have the freedom to work on a number of smaller projects or bring the funds together for a larger project.
“The scope is for boards to prioritise projects they believe will benefit their community and I look forward to seeing these projects eventuate."
With the exception of Waiheke and Great Barrier, allocation of the $10 million will be divided according to population of the respective board areas.
Waiheke and Great Barrier will receive $200,000 and $100,000 respectively.
Local board deputy chairwoman Jo Holmes says had the money been allocated on a population basis Waiheke and Great Barrier would have received less.
“After consultation across all local boards the consensus was to give additional weighting to Waiheke and Great Barrier so that we had sufficient funds to make a difference. This collaborative approach has been a welcome feature of the super-city.
"The mayor and governing body is also to be thanked for taking this initiative."
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