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East Coast MP Anne Tolley says the announcement of $3 million government funding to test the viability of the Opotiki Harbour project is a positive step forward for the project.

The $3 million will fund a validation study which includes geotechnical and engineering assessments, design options, and will ensure the project will deliver the promised benefits.

“The Opotiki Harbour project would make our harbour significantly more usable for large vessels, and allow for a mussel farm off the Opotiki Coast, and a mussel processing plant in our region,” Mrs Tolley says.

“The project offers significant potential economic, social and cultural benefits for our local community, and is a good example of central government working together with local government and the private sector to make a difference in our region.

“Opotiki has some of the best mussel-growing water in the country, and this investment could help to increase mussel exports by 6,500 tonnes in 2025 and could create 220 jobs in our community.

“This is fantastic news for Opotiki and I thank all those involved for making this significant step forward possible. I look forward to the results of the study,” Mrs Tolley says.

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