Government funding announcement welcome news for Ashburton District

Thursday 8 June, 2017

Ashburton District will be one of the beneficiaries of a newly announced $5.2 million co-funding grant from Central Government, which will see funding put towards tourism infrastructure projects in councils around the country.

Lake Camp will receive new toilets through the funding, after the Minister of Tourism, Hon Paula Bennett today announced the second round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.

Service Delivery Chairman Councillor Stuart Wilson says the funding is great news for the district, particularly as smaller councils are continuing to deal with increased pressure on infrastructure due to tourism.

“We are very pleased that Central Government is stepping up to support our smaller councils. As tourism increases across many districts, including our own, we have to ensure we are providing adequate facilities for visitors that doesn’t adversely impact on ratepayers, whilst also protecting our environment,” he says.

“We are delighted with the Government’s recognition of this and the commitment they’ve shown today in helping us deliver these services.”

Council will receive $105,000 of funding to construct new toilet facilities at Lake Camp, which will help deal with increased visitor numbers experienced around the Ashburton Lakes. Four other projects in Canterbury were also successful recipients of the funding, which totals $970,000 of funding for the region.

The funding grant aims to support tourism infrastructure projects around the country, including toilets, showers, parking facilities and rubbish disposal. Sixteen councils will receive the $5.2 million of funding for 28 new tourism infrastructure projects.

This is the final round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund, which will be subsumed by the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund. 

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