Mayor upbeat after ‘hard year’ in Greymouth

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Tui Bromley

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn is looking to a couple of major multi-million dollar building projects to help drag Greymouth out of the doldrums in 2013.
“The two key projects announced last week via the Government and Westfleet Seafood will generate a significant amount of economic activity within the Grey district,” he said.
“2012 has been a hard year for the Grey district but there are clear signs that our efforts are beginning to pay off and the (council’s) economic development liaison group will be working to ensure that the progress doesn’t stop here.”
The liaison group, chaired by Mr Kokshoorn, is charged with developing a 10-year grassroots strategy to help foster and develop ongoing growth through project development within the district.
“The Government’s announcement of the fast track to rebuild Grey Base Hospital offers reassurance to Greymouth and West Coast residents of a stable and ongoing Greymouth-based health service for the region,” he said.
“That, alongside the major investment Westfleet Seafood is making to its Greymouth business, shows that although we may have been knocked down this year, we’re certainly not out.”