More cycle trail funding comes to Central Otago

Monday, December 14, 2015

Waitaki MP and Parliamentary Private Secretary for Tourism Jacqui Dean said it was excellent that Central Otago’s cycle trails were attracting on-going Government funding to support maintenance and repair work.

“In the latest round of the Maintaining the Quality of the Great Rides fund, announced by Prime Minister and Minister of Tourism John Key on Friday, the Central Otago Clutha Trails Trust received $19,716.

“This is the third round of Maintaining the Quality of the Great Rides funding.

“In the second round the Central Trails Trust received $10,744 for safety barrier installation on the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and storm damage repairs on the Clutha Gold trail, while the Queenstown Trails Trust was also allocated $58,774 for damage to the track caused by heavy rain.

“In round one Government funding of $177,500 was used to install the Clyde Underpass, which is highly valued by the local community and users of the Otago Central Rail Trail, with another $12,500 was allocated at the same time to improve cyclist’s safety on the Daisybank Road crossing on SH 87.

“I think it's great for people to see this funding coming into the region, reinforcing that the Government recognises how important these trails are to the local economy bringing domestic and international visitors into the area.

“It also means that communities around Central Otago are being supported to maintain their cycling tracks and it takes some of the pressure off volunteers as they work to raise funds.

"The New Zealand Cycle Trail was a great project. This on-going funding ensures that it continues to go from strength to strength, benefitting the people of Central Otago and beyond.”

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru