Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

$2.4m to extend and upgrade Tasman cycle trail

$2.4m to extend and upgrade Tasman cycle trail

Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis today announced up to $2.4 million in funding towards extending and upgrading Tasman’s Great Taste Trail to a multi-day ride.

This is the first major investment to be made through the Ngā Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Enhancement and Extension Fund. The trail will be extended by about 40km south between Wakefield and Woodstock; and other sections will be upgraded, including 33km between Woodstock and Brooklyn.

“The Great Taste Trail already attracts a significant number of local and international visitors but not necessarily for long stays, so benefits for the region are restricted,” Mr Davis says.

“The new extension will make the Great Taste Trail a two to four day ride that links accommodation, food and beverage outlets and attractions such as beaches, vineyards, National Parks, heritage sites and arts and crafts producers.

“The trail has fantastic local support and presents ongoing economic development opportunities as a tourism asset. Like many of the 22 Great Rides around the country, Tasman’s Great Taste Trail also has social and health benefits for the community, providing a family friendly recreational and commuter trail between townships.

“I know the Great Taste Trail has suffered significant damage following recent weather events and I encourage the Tasman District Council to apply for extreme event funding through the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund to support the necessary repairs to the trail.”

The Tasman District Council will now create an implementation plan that will set out a timeframe for the extension project.

The Enhancement and Extension Fund also allows some high priority safety projects to be fast tracked. Two priority projects have been identified for funding.

“Currently Otago’s Roxburgh Gorge Trail ends with a steep downhill slope that is prone to water scour and loose gravel. The Government will provide up to $120,000 to replace this section with a switchback trail that will be easier to ride, particularly for inexperienced cyclists,” Mr Davis says.

“Up to $99,000 will go to improving the Waikato River Trail between Whakamaru and Atiamuri. This section runs beside State Highway 30 and over time the trail surface has become very rough with exposed roots and rock.”

Last week the Government announced a $1 million investment through the Provincial Growth Fund to complete the final section of the West Coast Wilderness Trail and improve facilities around the West Coast’s Old Ghost Road cycle trail.

For more information on Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail, visit:

http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/nga-haerenga-new-zealand-cycle-trail

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Brexit & Huawei Clusterfudges

Come December 2019, the West’s social democracies could be gone through quite a few changes at the top.

British PM Theresa May might not even make it through to the New Year. In a year’s time Angela Merkel’s shaky coalition will have probably collapsed, and another German election will have been fought by the newly chosen leader of Merkel’s party... More>>

 

Joint Select Committee Report: Achieving Smokefree 2025

In a historic first for select committees, the Māori Affairs Committee and the Health Committee presented their joint report on achieving the Smokefree 2025 goal to the House on Tuesday, 11 December 2018. More>>

"Shared Interests And Democratic Values": Peters To Visit USA

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters will travel to Washington D.C. for talks with US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo and other senior members of the US Administration. More>>

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved. More>>

ALSO:

Misuse Of Drugs Act: Medicinal Cannabis Legislation Passes

“Ultimately, this legislation will greatly increase availability of quality medicinal cannabis products, and will allow for their domestic manufacture. It will help people ease their suffering by making a wider range of quality medicinal cannabis products available over time." More>>

ALSO:

Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>

ALSO:

Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels