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Local MP Anne Tolley has welcomed the success of the Whakatane District Council in securing central government funding to help pay for an important local tourism infrastructure project.

“I was pleased with the announcement made yesterday by my colleague, the Associate Tourism Minister, Paula Bennett,” Mrs Tolley says.

“The Whakatane District Council has successfully bid for $110,750 from the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund to co-fund the building of enhanced freedom camping facilities.”

The enhanced facilities will help Whakatane become ‘camping friendly’ for visitors by providing quality freedom camper facilities. The enhancement will also minimise impacts on residents and other users sharing the designated public areas.

“It is of course good news that the tourism sector in our region is experiencing sustained, strong growth because that means new job opportunities are being created for people,” Mrs Tolley says.

“But it does also mean we must keep investing in the infrastructure required to maintain robust foundations for the ongoing expansion of tourism in the years and decades ahead.”

Budget 2016 allocated $12 million over four years for the National-led Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund which co-funds core facilities used by tourists and enhances the experience they have while visiting.

For information on the Fund visit: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/regional-mid-sized-tourism-facilities-grant-fund

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