The Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has welcomed the announcement today from Tourism Minister Paula Bennett that Makarora will receive Government funding towards a new public toilet facility.
QLDC is one of 16 Councils to receive funding for 28 tourism infrastructure projects from the Regional ‘mid-sized’ Tourism Facilities Grant Fund. The Council had already committed $100,000 towards the facility with the Government today announcing a contribution of $150,000.
“That’s great news for our community and in particular will give a real boost to the community of Makarora,” QLDC Mayor Jim Boult said.
Mr Boult acknowledged the wider contribution being made to the southern region with Mackenzie, Central Otago, Waitaki and Westland Councils all receiving facility funding.
“What that will mean is that visitors to the region will be able to anticipate facilities as they travel through. My hope will be that this will in turn curb some of the unsavoury behaviour and ensure a better experience for the visitors and the local communities alike,’ Mr Boult said.
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Works to upgrade the plumbing systems of two existing toilet facilities at Lake Dunstan (Weatherall Creek and Champagne Gully), and construct new toilet facilities in the Cromwell town centre received funding. The plumbing upgrades will improve capacity at both sites, enhancing their ability to respond to increased visitor numbers, including freedom campers.
The Cromwell town centre toilet facilities will help address strong visitor growth in the town with the government co-funding $178,800 for the $298,000 project.
“The news that this district has gained the largest amount of any in Otago in the second round of the Regional “mid-sized’ Tourism Facilities Grant Fund, with almost half the $690,000 granted in Otago coming here, is obviously great news,” said Central Otago Mayor Tim Cadogan.
“This will allow the Council to work to ameliorate the effect of the huge increase in tourist numbers in the district for the benefit of both the visitors and locals alike.”
The commitment is being made through the Facilities Grant Fund and the more recently announced Tourism Infrastructure Fund.
“This shows a genuine recognition on the part of Central Government of the impact of growing tourism on local infrastructure and the need to share and partner in that cost,” Mr Boult said.
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