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$178m package for tourism infrastructure

Posted on June 16, 2017

The more Northland presents as a region that works together in a strategic way, the better the chances of accessing the new $178 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund package announced by the government in May, says Northland Inc GM Regional Promotions and Tourism, Paul Davis.

Tourism Minister, Hon. Paula Bennett
Tourism Minister, Hon. Paula Bennett

Tourism Minister Paula Bennett launched the $102 million Tourism Infrastructure Fund alongside $76 million in new funding for the DOC Estate. Northland Inc is working with all four Northland councils to coordinate one integrated, Northland-wide proposal to tap into the fund.

“We feel Northland has a greater chance of gaining traction with one application, which identifies the region’s integrated tourism infrastructure priorities and links to the Northland Economic Action Plan,” said Paul.

The Fund will provide $102 million over the next four years in partnership with local councils and other community organisations for projects like new carparks, toilets and freedom camping facilities.

In launching the fund, Mrs Bennett said it’s about helping communities respond to demand and addressing capacity constraints. “It will also facilitate future growth in some of our newer tourism regions as well as the main tourist hubs.”

Northland has a greater chance of gaining traction with one application, which identifies the region’s integrated tourism infrastructure priorities and links to the Northland Economic Action Plan.

Paul Davis — GM Regional Promotions & Tourism - Northland Inc

This week the government announced that Whangarei District Council will receive $160K co-funding from the second and final round of the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund of $5.2million. This round will support councils “with high visitor numbers and small ratepayer bases” and 28 new tourism infrastructure projects that include toilets, shower and parking facilities. The Whangarei co-funding will provide toilets at the lower carpark on Parihaka, and at the carpark at Abbey Caves.

The Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund will be subsumed by the new Tourism Infrastructure Fund over four years.