Tourism Infrastructure Fund Announcement

Tourism Infrastructure Fund

The Government has just announced that $5.2m has been made available from the Tourism Facilities Grant Fund to 16 Councils around New Zealand.

Westland is a major winner, with a total of $1.02m for 5 different projects in our District. The Tourism Facilities Grant Fund was created to provide support for councils with high visitor numbers and small ratepayer bases.

Here is the link to the media release from Tourism Minister Hon Paula Bennett.

From the media release:
 

Westland District Council

$463,068 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities on the main street in Franz Josef. The new facilities will replace the existing toilets, which are no longer able to meet demand for visitors travelling between the Fox and Franz Josef Glaciers.

Westland District Council

$100,000 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities and upgrade parking at Dillman’s (Kapitea) Dam. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling past Dillman’s Dam (near Kumara) via Arthur’s Pass, and along the SH 6 West Coast touring route.

Westland District Council

$204,435 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities and upgrade parking in Okarito. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling through the township along the SH 6 West Coast touring route.

Westland District Council

$117,216 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities and upgrade parking in Bruce Bay. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling through the township along the SH 6 West Coast touring route between Fox Glacier and Haast.

Westland District Council

$136,125 of funding for works to construct toilet facilities and upgrade parking in Fox Glacier. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling through the township along the SH 6 West Coast touring route between Fox Glacier and Haast.

Summary: 
The Government has announced that $1.02m is available from the Tourism Facilities Grant Fund for 5 projects in our District.