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More funding available for cycleways

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 19/02/2017
In 2015 the trails generated an estimated $37.4m for local communities from the Far North to Southland. © Getty Images In 2015 the trails generated an estimated $37.4m for local communities from the Far North to Southland.

A new round of funding to maintain and enhance the New Zealand Cycle Trail is open.

Associate Tourism Minister Nicky Wagner says applications open on Monday for the sixth round of funding through the Maintaining the Quality of Great Rides Fund.

To date, $4.2 million has been approved from the fund for 46 projects across 19 great ride trails.

"The trails draw both domestic and international visitors to our regions and are a key part of the government's tourism strategy, helping attract high-value visitors and spread the benefits of tourism across the country," Ms Wagner says.

In 2015 the trails generated an estimated $37.4m for local communities from the Far North to Southland.

Money from the fund has been used in the past for surface enhancements, safety barriers, an underpass installation, track re-routing and storm damage repairs.

Budget 2016 included additional funding of $25m over four years for the extension and enhancement of the trails, bringing the total investment in the New Zealand Cycle Trail since its inception in 2009 to $75m.

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