Ecotourism Boost For Alexandra

Waitaki news
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was excited about the ecotourism potential for Central Otago in the wake of new Government funding for a local lizard sanctuary.

“The Central Otago Ecological Trust has done some amazing work in highlighting the plight of the endangered grand skink.

“A $146,000 Government funding boost, announced last week, will help the Central Otago Ecological Trust to expand the pest-proof fence around the Mokomoko Dryland Sanctuary, providing a safe haven for the endangered grand skinks to flourish.

“But I believe this work also has potential in terms of providing opportunities for ecotourism.

“Ecotourism is relatively new in this part of the country, but it’s something that is growing in popularity with international visitors and could have huge potential for Alexandra.

“Highlighting the lowland conservation reserves in Central Otago has long been a goal of the Central Otago Ecological Trust. They believe that the unique environment and the range of biodiversity on offer will be of interest to visitors.

“By supporting this conservation project in Alexandra, I believe the Government is not only helping to save the giant skink, but is also allowing the community to take another step towards developing exciting new ecotourism options.”