On 18 June, 2019 the Project, Services and Operations Committee (PSOC) voted unanimously to support an additional $1m for the Kulim Park redevelopment. The funding would come from historic development contributions, which are fees used to fund the infrastructure required as the result of the growth of Tauranga City.
A design concept for the redevelopment of Kulim Park was developed in 2017/2018, following consultation with the community. The tender price received for the project came in significantly over the available budget and several design elements were removed to allow the project to be delivered within the original budget.
The additional $1m will allow design elements to be reintroduced to reflect both the original concept shared with the community during consultation, and the recommendations outlined in a peer review by the New Zealand Parks Agencies Managers Group. The funding would also be used for a final round of community engagement which will commence in July.