Wednesday, 21st June, 2017
New toilets provide comfort for communities & visitors
Small communities across the country will be better placed to respond to growing visitor numbers following the announcement that the Government will invest $5.2 million in 28 new infrastructure projects – almost all toilets.
The South Canterbury Chamber of Commerce welcomes the investment, which will benefit regions from Northland to Central Otago, and specifically sees support funding for the Mackenzie District.
The money has been allocated under the Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund.
The Government announced in May that the Fund of $12m over four years will be rolled into a new Tourism Infrastructure Fund of $100 million over four years.
Tourism is now worth $35 billion annually to New Zealand and is forecast to keep growing strongly. To ensure that the industry develops sustainably and retains the support of communities across New Zealand, there needs to be investment in a range of infrastructure, including visitor accommodation, telecommunications and road transport. This will need investment from both the Government and the private sector as is being seen in Mackenzie.
The investment in mix-used infrastructure often provided by local councils and services both locals and visitors, such as public toilets, parking, signage, access ways, and water and sewerage systems. This new government funding has a vital role to play in the Mackenzie District with such a small ratepayer base.