Ap­pli­ca­tions sought for fund­ing to help pub­lic ac­cess to the out­doors

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

The Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion is mak­ing $100,000 avail­able to projects that en­hance pub­lic ac­cess to the out­doors. The Com­mis­sion holds two ap­pli­ca­tion rounds each fi­nan­cial year for its En­hanced Ac­cess Fund. The first round closes on 30 Septem­ber 2018 with the sec­ond clos­ing 31 March 2019, with grants to be awarded from a total pool of up to $100,000. In the last fund­ing round the Hikuai District Trust won an $11,000 grant to resur­vey parts of its 25-kilo­me­tre PauanuiTairua Cy­cle and Walk­way. Other re­cip­i­ents in­cluded: - Welling­ton’s Manawa Kar­ioi eco­log­i­cal restora­tion pro­ject, who won a $5000 grant to erect signs and put in track mark­ers that will help peo­ple walk lo­cal bush trails. - A $17,000 grant to the Kawatiri Coastal Trail Trust to help with le­gal costs for a 55-kilo­me­tre long walk­ing and cy­cling trail be­tween Charleston and West­port. The Com­mis­sion’s Act­ing Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ric Cul­li­nane en­cour­ages com­mu­nity groups, recre­ation clubs and other or­gan­i­sa­tions who are build­ing or en­hanc­ing tracks and trails to ap­ply be­fore 30 Septem­ber. Ap­pli­ca­tion forms, guide­lines and fur­ther de­tails about the ap­pli­ca­tion process are avail­able on the En­hanced Ac­cess Fund page of the Com­mis­sion’s web­site.

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