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Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean says it’s great to see Central Otago’s cycle ways continuing to attract Government funding for maintenance and upkeep.

“The Government has recently announced $837,132 in funding for nine new projects, with $21,713 for water management, retaining walls and trail resurfacing on the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails coming to the region.

“This latest investment comes from the fifth round of the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, which aims to ensure New Zealand’s premier rides are kept to their current world class standard, while providing local communities with support to achieve that.

“Since 2014 Central Otago trails have received over $300,000 in maintenance support from this fund and continue to attract funding because of their value and success.

“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 in 2016.

“With such high usage, it is important that cycle trails, in places like Central Otago, are kept to a standard that gives visitors a safe and enjoyable experience.

“As part of the Government’s tourism strategy, these cycle trails are helping ensure our regions benefit from the exceptional growth occurring in the tourism sector.

“An evaluation released in October estimated that the Great Rides had produced $37.4 million in economic benefits in 2015 alone, through revenue from visitor spending.”

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