Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey welcomes the passing of the new Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, which was passed with unanimous support from all parties within Parliament to replace the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery (CER) Act next month to move greater Christchurch from recovery to regeneration.
“As a proud born-and-bred Cantabrian and a member of the Local Government and Environment Select Committee which debated on the bill, it was vital that all parties worked collaboratively to reach unanimous support,” Doocey said.
“Under the new Greater Christchurch Regeneration Bill, strategic partners have greater input into regeneration plans. As Waimakariri commuters will know, when dealing with issues like traffic congestion it is important that solutions are integrated across the greater Christchurch catchment area of Christchurch City, Waimakariri and Selwyn.”
With a background in mental health, Doocey said he applauded the inclusion of social wellbeing under the definition of regeneration.
“As international research shows, years three to seven can be some of the most challenging for psychological and social recovery post disaster. The Government has responded to this by recently announcing an extra $20 million in funding towards mental health services, as well as the extra $16 million allocated in the last Budget for counselling services, which is still available,” Doocey said.
“I’m really excited about the next five years as greater Christchurch rebuilds.”