Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says it’s great that Central Otago’s cycle trails continue to attract Government funding for maintenance and upkeep.
“The Government has just announced $528,000 in funding for 12 new projects, with $135,619 coming to this region,” Ms Dean says.
The Queenstown Trails Trust will receive $91,119 for the Queenstown Trails, while the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust will receive $44,500 for the Otago Central Rail Trail.
This investment comes from the sixth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand’s premier rides are maintained to their current world-class standard.
“Since 2014 Central Otago trails have received over $430,000 in maintenance support from this fund and continue to attract funding because of their value and success.
“This funding is so important to local communities because it takes some of the fund-raising and volunteering pressure off the trusts that manage these trails," Ms Dean says.
“The New Zealand Cycle Trail network continues to grow in popularity among both Kiwis and international visitors, with more than a million people visiting the 22 Great Rides each year.
“We want to keep those people coming because of the economic benefits that they bring to regions like Central Otago and that’s why it’s important that these trails are kept to a standard that gives visitors a safe and enjoyable experience.”