More than $480,000 has been earmarked for projects set to improve the experience for visitors turning left at the Brynderwyns, thanks to grants from the Tourism Infrastructure Fund, distributed by tourism minister, Kelvin Davis.
The funding will go towards three projects with a total cost of $917,240, of which $486,684 is provided by the fund. Council’s share for each project is varied and in total council is required to fund related resource and building consent costs.
Kaipara mayor, Jason Smith, welcomed the funding. “Good things come in threes, and we’ve scored a perfect hat-trick here. Adding these upgraded facilities to existing Kaipara ones is better than a royal flush.”
Tourism minister, Kelvin Davis, says he expects the extraordinary growth in visitor numbers over the past few years to continue.
“These investments are essential to improving the quality of our tourism infrastructure to help manage that growth.”
“Managed well, tourism growth can significantly boost our economy, bring wealth to the regions and improve New Zealanders’ quality of life by creating more vibrant communities.
“I am also looking at ways the government can step up to its stewardship role in bringing the industry together to create a more productive and sustainable sector.
“We’ve made our first steps towards a better tourism experience — for Kiwis and for visitors — and you can expect to see more.”
Funds spent in Matakohe will go towards refurbishing the toilet block in the cemetery and connecting the township to the cycleways, which will be finished alongside the Matakohe Bridge replacement.
The Maungaturoto toilet block and car park will be completely revamped based on a community provided design along with three car park spaces behind the block.
A boardwalk connecting the Baylys Beach carpark to the existing toilets is also planned along with a facade refresh for the toilets and maintenance, with the boardwalk then continuing beyond to the beach.
It is expected work on these projects will commence within the next calendar year.