Izone makes short-list

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Rolleston’s Izone Southern Business Hub has been named as a finalist in the 2017 Local Government New Zealand Excellence Awards.

The awards, now in their fourth year, celebrate outstanding council leadership initiatives and the key role that local government plays in local communities.

The Selwyn District Council-owned Izone is one of five finalists in the Excellence Awards for Best Practice Contribution to Local Economic Development.

Selwyn Mayor Sam Broughton said being a finalist for an LGNZ excellence award is a testament to the vision which the council had 17 years ago to set aside land for businesses to establish and provide more employment opportunities for Selwyn residents. “Those that began the project can be very proud of the impact that Izone has had, and will continue to have on our district and the families who live here,” Mayor Broughton said.

The Izone development is New Zealand’s largest fully-consented and development-ready industrial park with some 70 businesses employing over 1,200 people.

Another 800 jobs are forecast as development work is completed by land purchasers.