Media Release: Visitor levy funds allocated

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The Ulva Island jetty rebuild is one of eight projects that will receive a boost after almost $180,000 of Stewart Island/Rakiura visitor levy funds were allocated.

The Stewart Island/Rakiura Visitor Levy Subcommittee met on June 29 to discuss and make decisions on a wide range of applications to the fund.

The subcommittee approved $178,627 funding to eight different projects ranging from the jetty upgrade to walking track maintenance, visitor information resources and the Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project.

The largest grant was to the Stewart Island Jetties Subcommittee, which was allocated $80,000 for the Ulva Island jetty rebuild.

Southland District Council was allocated several grants for island projects including $25,600 for walking track maintenance, $8200 for the Mill Creek to Bathing Beach Track, $2223 for Moturau Punga Fencing and $41,000 for a walking track/footpath.

The Rakiura Heritage Trust was allocated $400 for a historical walkabout pamphlet, while Stewart Island Promotion Assn Inc is to receive $3700 for visitor information collateral and Stewart Island/Rakiura Community and Environment Trust (SIRCET) $6500 towards the Halfmoon Bay Habitat Restoration Project.

The levy, which charges $5 for every visit to the island, was introduced in 2012.

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