Media release: $220,000 in funding for Lumsden town centre

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A revamp of Lumsden’s town centre has been given a $220,000 boost in government funding.

A Southland District Council application for money to help upgrade the town’s historic railway precinct was approved today in the first round of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Tourism Infrastructure Fund allocations.

A total of $220,565 was allocated, the full amount applied for. This is half the cost of the project, which will involve sealing and landscaping the railway precinct, providing signage and rubbish bins and upgrading and extending the toilet block.

The project will enable better management of freedom camping in the town’s centre.

Council worked closely with the Lumsden Community Development Area subcommittee on the application.

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