TWO new shelters of the same type as this existing Motu Trails shelter located above Toatoa will be constructed. Photo supplied

MAINTENANCE funding for the New Zealand Cycle Trail will enable two new shelters to be built in Opotiki.

Motu Trails executive officer Jim Robinson said more than $28,000 was earmarked for the Motu Trails as part of last week’s announcement that a further $770,000 is being invested for the upkeep of 11 Great Rides of the New Zealand Cycle Trail, Tourism Minister Kelvin Davis made the announcement on Wednesday, October 24.

Mr Robinson said the money would be made available on the basis of co-funding approved projects.

“We need to put in a minimum of $10,000 and they would put in the same amount if they approve of the project,” he said.

“The key projects we will be embarking on are two shelters.”
One of the shelters will be built on the Dunes Trail and the other towards the Motu end of the Motu Road.

“For the shelters, the funding put in by Motu Trails Charitable Trust will come out of the extraordinary generous donation made earlier this year by Garth Barfoot,” Mr Robinson said.

“We will use the $100,000 he donated for the project to go further.”

The estimated $20,000 required for the shelters’ co-funding will be the first portion of Mr Barfoot’s donation to be spent.

“The money is just sitting there,” Mr Robinson said.

“There’s also the option of putting in local volunteer time to gain NZCT funding, we’ll also again do some of that.”