The West Coast Wilderness Trail recently received a $30,000 boost from the Transpower CommunityCare Fund.
Maureen Pugh, Westland Mayor, said the grant was a “wonderful contribution to the cycle trail. We are really grateful that Transpower recognised the value of it and is supporting it.”
The grant will go towards seating and shelters on the 118 km trail. The route from Greymouth will eventually pass through Kumara and Hokitika to end at Ross.
Currently the council is working on day two of the trail between Kumara and Milltown, including a track near Macpherson Creek. The Greymouth to Paroa section is already complete while the Hokitika to Ross part will be completed later this year.
Cynthia Brophy, General Manager People and Corporate Relations, said the cycle trail was a project that would attract tourists to the area.
“It’s great to see projects like this one happening around the country. We recognise the impact that our assets have on communities and are pleased to be able to give these local initiatives some financial assistance so they can successfully complete their projects.”