Southland District Mayor Gary Tong and Deputy Mayor Paul Duffy today welcomed the Government’s announcement of $500,000 in funding for the Curio Bay Natural Heritage Centre.
The money is part of a $2.49 million Tourism Growth Partnership funding package for new tourist attractions in Rotorua and Southland. It was announced today by Tourism Minister Paula Bennett.
Mr Duffy, who is chairman of the South Catlins Charitable Trust, says he is thrilled.
“It’s a great endorsement of the project we’ve been believing in and working on for so long.”
The $500,000 will be used to enhance the educational experience in the complex’s visitor interpretation centre.
“It will help us to do a much better job of portraying the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding area and the Catlins as a whole,” Mr Duffy says.
Mayor Tong says it is a tremendous boost for both the project and the trust, which has the collective support of Southland District Council, Department of Conservation and iwi.
Mrs Bennett’s announcement comes as construction work is about to begin on the $2.5 million complex.