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Govt shouldn’t waste $35m taking us back to 70s

10/05/2021

Our relentless march to the past continues

Homepaddock

Is the government hatching another plan to take us back to the failed policies of the 60s and 70s?

A $90 million plan to turn Dunedin’s Hillside workshop into a world-class assembly plant has been revealed in a leaked government funding pitch.

But there are concerns importing parts to be assembled locally is not a good use of taxpayer money.

This week the Government reaffirmed its commitment to the South Dunedin facility as part of its 10-year rail plan.

In 2019 an initial $19.97 million investment was made in plans to expand the workshop through the Provincial Growth Fund.

But documents obtained by the Otago Daily Times show an additional $90 million is needed to turn it into a wagon assembly facility. . .

Concerns that this wouldn’t be good use of taxpayers’ money is justified:

KiwiRail needed to replace about 2300 wagons over the next five years. About…

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