Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Councils encouraged to take up tourism recovery funding

Councils are being encouraged to apply for a share of $14 million in the seventh round of the Government’s Tourism Infrastructure Fund.

Tourism Minister, Peeni Henare said a priority for this year’s Fund would be rebuilding and recovery from Cyclone Gabrielle and other recent weather events.

“There has been considerable damage to parts of the country that would otherwise be popular tourist destinations,” Minister Henare said.

“We have spoken to local councils to get a sense of what the priorities are, and as a result we would like to support those places where a lot of our tourism infrastructure needs repair or replacement.”

Applications are now open from councils or not-for-profits to develop and support local tourism infrastructure.

Examples include repairing damaged buildings, local walks and cycle trails, sewerage and water repairs and safety upgrades.

A secondary aim of this year’s fund is to improve resilience in regions where there is a low ratepayer base and high visitor numbers. The fund will also continue to prioritise projects that demonstrate the need for additional visitor-related public infrastructure.

The fund provides co-funding for councils. Applications are assessed by a panel of representatives from local government, central government agencies, and those with experience in the tourism and infrastructure sector.

The fund is open for applications from 11 April until 8 May. More detail, including the Minister’s Priorities Statement for the Infrastructure Fund, can be found here https://www.mbie.govt.nz/immigration-and-tourism/tourism/tourism-funding/tourism-infrastructure-fund/.

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