Cycle trail success reinforces Gov't investment

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Monday, November 2, 2015

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said the success of Central Otago’s cycle trails reinforces the Government’s investment in them, as the busy summer season approaches.

“The Government has invested around $2 million in the Roxburgh Gorge trail and $3.8 million in the Clutha Gold trail and it’s exciting to see them being well used, with a recent survey highlighting positive user feedback.

“The on-going success of these trails and others around the region reinforces the Government’s $50 million investment in the New Zealand Cycle Trail, which aimed to boost tourism and economic growth in the regions.

“The money spent on the trails is also an investment in the Central Otago community and in regional economic development and it’s wonderful to see that this is paying off, with businesses continuing to develop and grow to meet the needs of cyclists using the trails.

“The local community and the many volunteers who have worked so hard to get these tracks up and running should also be acknowledged. Without their enthusiasm and dedication Central Otago’s cycle trails would not be as successful as they are today.

“As for the future, the Government is committed to supporting this country’s cycle trails by providing on-going maintenance funding.

“These cycle trails are a significant tourism asset and it is vital that they are maintained to the highest possible standard so that riders continue to have a safe and enjoyable experience.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru