Southern boards back business

Publish Date : 06 Jun 2023

Manurewa Local Board has recommended Auckland Council’s Governing Body set targeted rates in the Annual Budget for Business Improvement Districts in Manurewa and Wiri.

Board chair Glenn Murphy says the recommendation is for $346,500 for Manurewa and $755,425 for Wiri.

“Business Improvement Districts bring local business and property owners together to improve their business environment, encourage resilience and attract new businesses and customers.

“They are a vital part of the local economy we all rely on to provide jobs and thriving retail and industrial centres.

“As a board we work alongside our BID areas because a strong economy is critical to the ongoing health and prosperity of our region.”

Papakura Local Board has also made its recommendation, $275,000 for the Papakura BID.

Board chair Brent Catchpole says there are 50 BID-operating business associations across the city.

“Papakura is one of the most enthusiastic and active organisations, and we are also being kept aware of progress to establish another BID area in Takanini, an increasingly important part of the wider business scene in our board area.

“All the BIDS must comply with council’s current BID policy, which ensures accountability for targeted rate funding, and encourages good governance and programme management.

“Our local programmes provide value to the business community by delivering economic activities that respond to local needs,” Catchpole says.

Franklin Local Board has recommended $500,000 for Pukekohe and $148,400 for Waiuku.

Chair Angela Fullames says the region’s BID groups help improve economic outcomes and achieve goals that align with the board’s aspirations.

“Board views are expressed by their representative on the board of each BID-operating business association, who attends meetings to ensure there’s a direct link between the council and the operation of the BID programme.”

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