Tourism funding boost welcome news for Westland
National List MP
Based in West Coast-Tasman
07 June 2017
National’s List MP, Maureen Pugh, says the $1.2 million boost by government will go a long way in terms of supporting tourism growth in the region.
Tourism Minister Paula Bennett today announced that five applications from the Westland District Council to upgrade and construct new restroom facilities in hotspot tourism areas were successful.
$100,000 of funding will see construction of toilets and an upgrade to parking at Dillman’s Dam near Kumara. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling to Dillman’s Dam via Arthur’s Pass, and along the West Coast Wilderness Trail.
$463,068 will go towards the construction of toilet facilities on the main street in Franz Josef, which has had difficulties coping with its current facilities.
$204,435 will enable construction of toilets and upgrade the parking in Okarito. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling to the township along the SH6 West Coast touring route.
$117,216 of funding will see the construction of toilet facilities and upgrade parking in Bruce Bay. The new facilities will help respond to significant growth in visitor numbers travelling along the SH6 West Coast touring route between Fox Glacier and Haast. A further $136,125 will be spent on toilet facilities and parking space in Fox Glacier also.
“This $1.2 million funding boost will go a long way in assisting the affected communities cope with increasing tourism numbers. Tourism growth is a great thing for our region, but we owe it to the communities who accommodate these people to ensure they are equipped for the challenges,” says Mrs Pugh.
“The government is committed to ensuring tourism plays a significant role in long-term economic growth on the Coast and this round of funding grants, on top of recent spending commitments for facilities such as at the Cobden Beach, reflects this commitment."