Central Otago continues to secure Government cycle trail funding

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said it was great for the region that Central Otago had once again been successful in securing funding for cycle trail repairs and maintenance.

"In the past two years Central Otago trails have received $282,525 in funding, with the latest just coming through.

“The Central Otago Clutha Trails Trust, and the Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails, will receive $62,065 in Government funding, while the Queenstown Trails Trust will gain $300,000. (4th round)

“This is the fourth allocation of Government funding, since 2014, which has come to the Central Otago region.

“It brings the total funding for repairs and maintenance received by Central Otago to $282,525, with Queenstown receiving $358,000

“This investment is part of the Government’s Maintaining the Quality of the Great Rides Fund and I think it's great for people to see this money coming into the region.

“It reinforces that the Government recognises how important these trails are to the local economy bringing domestic and international visitors into the area.

“But, more importantly, it also means that communities around Central Otago are being supported to maintain their cycling tracks and this in turn takes some of the pressure off local volunteers as they work to raise funds.

"The New Zealand Cycle Trail is 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.”

Mrs Dean also pointed out that this latest cycle trail funding was in addition to the $25 million announced in Budget 2016 to create a 536 km continuous cycle trail network by linking four existing Central Otago Great Rides - the Queenstown Trail, the Otago Central Rail Trail, the Roxburgh Gorge Trail and the Clutha Gold Trail.

 

Details of funding:

Round 1 (Dec 2014) – $177,500 Clyde underpass – Central Otago Trails Trust

$12,500 Daisybank road crossing – Central Otago Trails Trust

Round 2 - (July 2015) - $10,744 safety barriers Roxburgh Gorge and drainage - Clutha Trails Trust and $58,774 repair heavy rain damage - Queenstown trials trust

Round 3 - (Dec 2015)– $19,716 Central Otago Clutha Trails Trust

Round 4 – (June 2016) Central Otago Clutha Trails Trust: Roxburgh Gorge and Clutha Gold Trails (Otago) $62,065

Queenstown Trails Trust: Queenstown Trails (Otago) $300,000

 

Authorised by Jacqui Dean MP, 127 Thames Street, Oamaru