$400,000 Cycle Trail Funding Boost for Central Otago

Waitaki news
Monday, December 8, 2014

Parliamentary Private Secretary to Tourism and Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said Government funding for Central Otago cycle trails would ensure the tracks were maintained without putting excessive pressure on local resources.

“I think it’s great that $403,600 has come to both the Otago Central Rail Trail Trust and the Queenstown Trails Trust, supporting the great work that’s already going on to keep these tracks in great shape.

“This funding means that work that needs to be done will be completed, while taking the pressure off local communities to foot the bill, at same time keeping the tracks to standard that allows them to continue to attract visitors to the area.

“In Queenstown it will see storm damage on the Kawarau River section of the Queenstown trails repaired, and work to improve the consistency of the grade on the Kelvin Peninsula section undertaken.

“In Central Otago funding would be used to improve cyclists’ safety at the Daisybank Road crossing on a blind corner on SH 87 on the Otago Central Rail Trail.

“Conditional approval for $177,500 in funding to go towards building a cycle underpass on the Otago Central Rail Trail at Clyde has also been given.

“It’s all about maintaining and enhancing the quality of the great rides that are part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, with this funding ensuring the trail continue to generate economic benefit to regional communities like those around Central Otago.

“We know the strength of the trails in this region and what they mean in terms of attracting national and international visitors and the Government wants to be part of ensuring that this continues.”