12 September 2018
Collaboration between the community and Rotorua Lakes Council has been heralded as the reason the district has secured nearly $500k for tourism infrastructure improvements.
The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Environment announced $453,250 would be allocated to infrastructure improvements at Lake Ōkareka.
The chair of its local community association, Martyn Norrie, says the joint application is a great example of what can be achieved by a collaborative approach.
“We are delighted that our joint application to the Tourism Infrastructure Fund has been accepted. The funding has been allocated for:
- Improved facilities at Boyes Beach; and
- Upgrading lake structures and public toilets at Acacia Road Lakefront Reserve
“We look forward to working with the Council on planning and enhancing these facilities, which will be welcomed by our community and visitors,” he says.
The Lakes Community Board chairperson, Phill Thomass, say the recent announcement demonstrates the power of collaboration.
“I’m thrilled by the news. It is a testament to the hard work by the community and the council, and means better facilities to serve both visitors and locals at one of our district’s iconic lakes,” says Mr Thomass.
Rotorua Mayor, Steve Chadwick, says an increase in tourism has put pressure on popular visitor destinations across the country.
“Lake Ōkareka is a particularly popular spot for visitors to the district. The fund that’s been announced is a significant amount which will enable Council, working alongside the Lake Ōkareka community, Tūhourangi and the Lakes Community board, to ensure that infrastructure can be upgraded to accommodate growing visitor numbers. Partnerships provide a great framework for attracting funding and fast tracking much needed improvements,” says Mayor Chadwick.
For details about the government’s $19.6m announcement please click here.
Photo credit: Adrian Hodge