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Clutha-Southland MP Todd Barclay has welcomed the announcement of $50 million in funding for three Queenstown-Lakes District Council infrastructure projects, through the Government’s $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund.

“This will be a massive help for Queenstown, providing a big step forward in housing supply by speeding up the delivery of 3,200 houses in the district,” Mr Barclay says.

The contestable fund was open to applications from councils in high growth areas – including Queenstown, Christchurch, Tauranga, Hamilton and Auckland – and available only for substantial new infrastructure investments that support more new housing.

The Queenstown-Lakes District Council (QLDC) submitted four applications for assistance.

“Queenstown is a highly desirable place to live and it’s been a pleasure to work closely with key Ministers and the QLDC to try to increase the supply of housing stock here,” Mr Barclay says.

“I’ve had a number of discussions with QLDC Mayor Jim Boult, chief executive Mike Theelen and key infrastructure Ministers about this fund, and played an active role in Wellington advocating for Queenstown’s projects.

“There are no quick fixes to Queenstown’s unique problems, but this $50 million will go a long way to address some of the issues we are currently facing.”

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