Tasman’s Great Taste Trail has received $300,000 from the Maintaining Great Rides (MGR) fund, the maximum allocated to a trail in a round of funding.
“It’s such great news. We were kind of expecting it, but it’s so good to get confirmation,” says trail manager Josh Aldridge.
The MGR is a government initiative to provide funding assistance to Great Ride organisations to maintain and enhance the quality of Great Rides that are part of the New Zealand Cycle Trail.
The financial boost leaves the season on a positive note after the trail took a battering from summer cyclones, Fehi and Gita. “We’d like to use some of the money toward making the trail more resilient so it doesn’t suffer damage like it has in recent weather events,” says Josh.
Around 25% of the money will be used to reimburse the cost of initial repairs from the cyclone damage while the remainder will be spent over the next 12 months to reinstate the trail to its former glory and improve the resilience of the trail by rock protection and planting, realigning the trails and upgrading boardwalks.
Trail users are asked to please exercise patience and respect over the next six months as work gets underway in time for summer’s anticipated completion.

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