Region gets a voice on board of national cycle trail network

COLLETTE DEVLIN
Last updated 05:00 23/01/2014
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Venture Southland tourism, events and community group manager Rex Capil

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Southlander Rex Capil has been elected to the board of New Zealand Cycle Trail Inc, a role he hopes will help to promote the region.

NZCT-Nga Haerenga is a national project to build a world-class network of cycle trails throughout New Zealand.

The board is NZCT's governing body and has the responsibility for determining the strategic direction, rules, standards and membership fees of NZCT Inc.

Mr Capil said his three-year term could prove to be a significant opportunity for the region.

The position gives Southland a prominent voice on the national board, providing leverage in future decision-making and opportunities around cycle trails.

Although Southland was not the primary focus of his appointment, being on the board could assist with promoting the area and highlighting issues in the region, he said.

"It is good to be involved. It's all about alignment and creating opportunities for Southland."

Understanding how other trails operated would help Southland focus on future opportunities. It was also important to have representation at a national level.

The Government had a vision to create a nationwide network of world-class cycle trail tourism products and Southland was a key part of that vision, he said.

He believed he had a lot to offer and had a strong understanding of local and central government and regional tourism organisations.

Mr Capil is Venture Southland tourism, events and community group manager and in October was elected on to the International Softball Federation Board.

He has been involved in the development of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail and worked on identifying other possible cycle trails in Southland since 2009.

The NZCT board consists of a Crown-appointed chairman, a member of Tourism New Zealand and Education New Zealand and five other board members.

collette.devlin@stl.co.nz

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