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Taranaki-King Country MP Barbara Kuriger has welcomed the success of the Maungatautari Ecological Island Trust in securing central government funding to help pay for an important local tourism infrastructure project.

“I was delighted with the announcement made yesterday by the Associate Tourism Minister, Paula Bennett.

“The Trust has successfully bid for $117,000 from the Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund to co-fund the building of five composting toilets, and to enhance the visitor entrance to the Maungatautari Ecological Island.

“Facilities will enable the Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari Visitor Centre to better manage with increasing numbers of visitors, and cater to visitors arriving outside the Visitor Centre’s hours.

“Last year I visited Maungatautari with Conservation Minister Maggie Barry where we visited the MEIT nursery and staff to see the change in transmitter on a juvenile kiwi, and earlier this year my husband and I spent the day exploring MEIT with the volunteers. Both were wonderful experiences, and I look forward to future visitors to the MEIT receiving the same experience in what is a pristine environment and which highlights the best of New Zealand’s conservation efforts.

“It is great the tourism sector in our region is experiencing sustained, strong growth because that is creating new job opportunities for people. But it does also mean we must keep investing in the infrastructure required to maintain robust foundations for the ongoing expansion of tourism in the years and decades ahead,” Barbara Kuriger said.

Budget 2016 allocated $12 million over four years for the National-led Government’s Regional Mid-sized Tourism Facilities Grant Fund which co-funds core facilities used by tourists and enhances the experience they have while visiting.

For information on the Fund visit: http://www.mbie.govt.nz/info-services/sectors-industries/tourism/regional-mid-sized-tourism-facilities-grant-fund.

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