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Christchurch council's $4.4m budget boost

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4 days ago

The Christchurch City Council has budgeted an additional $4.4 million in the final plan.

In a statement on Tuesday, the increase is to account for changes which will be made following public feedback.

These changes include additional budgeting for the Port Hills fire recovery, employing extra staff for upkeep of urban parks, establishing a Christchurch Biodiversity Fund, and trialling a free-entry scheme for pre-schoolers visiting Council swimming pools.

The regeneration of Southshore and South New Brighton may be fast-tracked as well, to address residents' concerns over estuary flood protection.

Slightly lower-than-proposed average rates increase of 5.46 per cent, down from the initial 5.5 per cent, will be implemented as well, after public feedback.

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