Investment in infrastructure takes many forms

by Amy Adams

Infrastructure supports much of our daily lives, including the roads we drive on, the schools our children learn in and our electricity and water networks, and is a key driver of the economy and public services.

Another important thing to remember is that when the government invests in infrastructure this creates jobs and offers training opportunities.

Since 2008 the government has committed billions of dollars to infrastructure. Investment in modern infrastructure is a priority and government capital spending over the next five years is forecast to total $32 billion with major investments in transport, schools, hospitals, defence and housing.

Here in Selwyn we have seen this government investment in the form of new schools for Rolleston and new classrooms for other schools in the region. In the area of transport infrastructure we currently have the Southern Motorway extension underway, which is going to make a big difference to transport in and around our region. In the communications sphere, it’s fantastic to see that more areas of Selwyn will receive the benefit of ultra-fast broadband in the coming years, under the extension to the Ultra-Fast Broadband programme, which was announced at the end of January.

West Melton is one of eight new areas of the Selwyn electorate to be included under UFB2. The other areas from Selwyn on the list are Darfield, Leeston, Lincoln fringe/Springston, Rakaia, Southbridge, Akaroa and Diamond Harbour.

Our investment in infrastructure continues to build a strong platform for growth. A more competitive and productive economy is the only way we will create jobs, boost incomes and provide high-quality public services for everyone.