The construction of a rail yard in Rangitīkei dedicated to handling and transporting logs from around the lower North Island has received a $9.1 million Government investment.
The facility, to be built in Marton, will receive money from $3 billion set aside in the Government’s Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund.
Rangitīkei District Council has estimated that the build, which will include a facility to strip bark from logs, will create up to 83 jobs.
Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones said when it was up and running the yard would enable more efficient log transportation in the lower North Island, as well as creating 22 fulltime jobs.
“Marton is central to significant forests in Rangitīkei, Manawatū and Horowhenua regions that are mature and will continue to produce mature trees and increased volumes for the next 15 years," he said.
“It is also a key service town for agriculture in the area, making it a good location for a freight hub.”
He said the rail yard would not only attract more commercial developments, it would also take trucks off the roads.
“Parts of this region are deprived, with few options for economic development. This construction project will benefit the building and associated industries, boosting the local economy and keeping people in jobs.”