$1m for cycle trail

NEIL RATLEY
Last updated 16:03 06/03/2014

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The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is a step closer to becoming a reality after a $1 million grant from the Lottery Grants Board for the second stage of the trail.

Internal Affairs Minister and Presiding Member of the Lottery Grants Board Hon Peter Dunne has announced the list of successful applicants to the Lottery Significant Projects Fund today.

The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, a joint project between the Government and Southland District Council, is partly finished and will run from Walter Peak to Kingston via Mavora.

Southland District Council chief executive David Adamson said the grant would help make the cycle trail a reality.

"The success of this grant is the result of an enormous amount of work by the communities, Venture Southland, consultants, contractors and Southland District Council staff involved. This funding will go a long way towards building the economic backbone of a number of our small communities well into the future," he said.

Venture Southland community development team leader Bobbi Brown said she was delighted with the Lottery Significant Projects Fund grant.

"The Venture team along with a lot of other determined people worked tirelessly on preparing a quality application for a wonderful project and the grant is extremely satisfying reward for all the hard work," she said.

The grant for stage two comes after the Government has pledged $4.5 million dollars towards stage one of the trail.

Stage one of the trail from Kingston to Lumsden and Mossburn is expected to be finished by May. 

 

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