Funding improves walking access

The New Zealand Walking Access Commission is now accepting applications for the third round of its 2014-2015 Enhanced Access Fund programme, which supports projects that provide free, certain, enduring and practical outdoor access for the public.

Commission chief executive Mark Neeson says a total of $76,000 is available across four funding rounds this financial year, with a maximum of $25,000 available to any one project.

“Our highest priority will be initiatives that obtain new access and projects such as the installation of signs that inform the public about access opportunities.”

Projects that develop and improve walking access through the installation of gates, stiles and fences, creation of engineering reports, or support of community walking access initiatives are also eligible for funding, says Mark.

Applications are assessed on the quality of the project plan, the ability of the project team to complete the project and the quality of the outcome. Applications for the third round of 2014-2015 funding close November 30.

Earlier this year the Enhanced Access Fund allocated $8000 to the Hikuai District Trust for a walking and cycling trail between Pauanui and Tairua.

Northland’s Waipu Lion’s Club also received $8000 funding to assist completion of an extension to the Waipu Beach to Langs Cove Coastal Walkway.

Further funding recipients will be announced in December, once the commission assesses applications received for the fund’s second allocation of the year, which closed in August.

A decision on successful applicants for the third round of funding will be made in February 2015.


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