Central cycle trail connection will boost visitors

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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said Government funding to connect Central Otago’s cycle trails was a tremendous boost for the area, likely to increase visitor numbers and boost economic growth.

“About $13 million in funding has been provisionally planned to pay for half of the costs of connecting the Central Otago trails to form a continuous 536 Km track, with the other half of the project funded by the Central Lakes and the Otago Community Trusts.

“I’m delighted that the Government has seen fit to make this huge commitment to the people of Central Otago, connecting the Queenstown Trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail.

“I believe this funding will enhance these cycle rides and build on what local communities have already established, reinforcing Central Otago as the cycling capital of the country.

“There’s no doubt that these rides have been hugely successful in attracting high value visitors to the Central Otago area.

“Linking these trails together will add another dimension to the cycling experience in this region, attracting more riders, creating more jobs and even greater economic benefits.  

“I also like the idea that the local community, through the Central Lakes and Otago Community Trusts, has been ready to make its own investment in the future of these wonderful cycle trails.”

 

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru