Tolley excited by new tourism infrastructure funding

Gisborne news
Thursday, June 8, 2017

Local MP Anne Tolley is pleased to see tourism infrastructure getting a boost in the greater East Coast and Eastern Bay of Plenty area 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 sixteen councils, including the Gisborne District Council and Whakatane District Council.

The Gisborne District Council will receive $256,228 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities at four sites on the East Cape. These facilities at Hicks Bay, Waipiro Bay, East Cape Lighthouse and Anaura Bay will increase the area’s capacity for a growing number of visitors.

The Whakatane District Council will receive $100,000 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities in Murupara and upgrade existing toilet and carpark facilities at Eivers Park in Te Teko.

“The improved infrastructure means better facilities for both international tourists as well as visitors from other parts of New Zealand who choose to visit our area,” says Mrs Tolley.

“I’m pleased to see the Government investing in this infrastructure as it 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.