Stuart Smith, National MP for Kaikoura, is thrilled to hear tourism infrastructure is getting a boost in the Kaikoura electorate through the second and final round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.
The fund, which will be subsumed by the new $100 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund announced in Budget 2017, has provided $5.2 million in co-funding for 16 councils, including the Hurinui District Council.
The council will receive $224,254 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities and a dump station for motorhome use on Mountainview Road in Culverden. The new facilities will help respond to the significant increase in visitor numbers to Culverden, particular following the Kaikōura Earthquake, which saw the town being incorporated into the South Island inland touring route and portaloos being required to respond to increased demand.
“These core facilities are vital to support the waves of tourists and travellers we have experienced in Culverden since November,’’ Scott says.
“It’s pleasing to see the National-led Government investing in this infrastructure, which adds to the experience for tourists and ensures they leave our shores with fond memories of their visits.’’
Round two of funding through the scheme sees 28 new tourism infrastructure projects receive co-funding for facilities like toilets, showers and carparks.