Media Statement: Applications sought for Great Rides funding

Electorate news
Tuesday, February 10, 2015

MP for Taupo Louise Upston has welcome news that further funding is now available for the improvement of New Zealand’s Great Rides.

Prime Minister and Tourism Minister John Key last week announced that applications are now being accepted for the second round of funding available through the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund - a government initiative to maintain and enhance the Great Rides of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail.

“In 2014 the government announced an investment of $8 million over four years to maintain the quality of the New Zealand Cycle Trail network,” Louise said.

“Thirteen projects were granted a total of $970,000 in December 2014 to assist in generating economic benefit to the communities that work to provide these trails.”

One of the recipients was the Waikato River Trails Charitable Trust, who received $47,500 to assist with maintaining the quality of the trails. This funding will go towards upkeep of the trails, and will be utilised if significant weather damage occurs, or the trails need major changes.

For the next round of funding, proposals that aim to improve the safety and quality of the Great Rides will be given priority. The fund is contestable and applicants need to provide matching funding.

“Here in the [Taupo] region we are fortunate to have access to a number of rides that make are part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail,” Louise said.

“Due to these rides being significant tourism assets for New Zealand it is vital that individual trails are maintained to the highest possible standard in order to continue providing a safe and memorable experience for riders.”

More information on the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund, including how to apply, is available at www.nzcycletrail.com/node/972

The deadline for applications is 28 February 2015.

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Media Contact:  Libby O’Brien 0220749670