Wairoa gets funding for feasibility study into ‘Space Coast’

Wairoa has been given a Government funding boost for a “Space Coast” feasibility study and a freedom camping development at Pilot Hill.

The Wairoa projects will receive $145,000 as part of the latest round of funding from the Government’s tourism infrastructure fund.

Tourism potential and infrastructural needs along the district’s northern coastline will be the focus of the feasibility study.

Wairoa District Council chief executive Steven May said there was huge potential in horse-riding, the Blucks Pit Road rocket-viewing site at Nuhaka and other public rocket-launch viewing facilities, Whakaki Lake planting developments and potential lake walks and rail bikes.

Wairoa council economic development and engagement manager Kitea Tipuna said $60,000 of the funding, for the Space Coast feasibility study, would be used to assess the potential and while it was government-partnered, it would be led by community conversations.

“We need to plan for these developments and ensure we get infrastructural requirements right, like carparking and toilets.

“The feasibility study will help us understand the potential and what requirements are needed along the district’s northern coastline.”

The council was also allocated $85,000 for the Pilot Hill freedom camping development.

Mr Tipuna said the funding would allow the council to provide facilities to enhance freedom camping at Pilot Hill.

“Enhancing Pilot Hill will release the pressure on Clyde Court but is close enough to town for people to still be able to enjoy the Wairoa experience.

“There is a lot of freedom camping pressure on Clyde Court and the toilet facilities, and this funding will open up another opportunity.

Wairoa has been given a Government funding boost for a “Space Coast” feasibility study and a freedom camping development at Pilot Hill.

The Wairoa projects will receive $145,000 as part of the latest round of funding from the Government’s tourism infrastructure fund.

Tourism potential and infrastructural needs along the district’s northern coastline will be the focus of the feasibility study.

Wairoa District Council chief executive Steven May said there was huge potential in horse-riding, the Blucks Pit Road rocket-viewing site at Nuhaka and other public rocket-launch viewing facilities, Whakaki Lake planting developments and potential lake walks and rail bikes.

Wairoa council economic development and engagement manager Kitea Tipuna said $60,000 of the funding, for the Space Coast feasibility study, would be used to assess the potential and while it was government-partnered, it would be led by community conversations.

“We need to plan for these developments and ensure we get infrastructural requirements right, like carparking and toilets.

“The feasibility study will help us understand the potential and what requirements are needed along the district’s northern coastline.”

The council was also allocated $85,000 for the Pilot Hill freedom camping development.

Mr Tipuna said the funding would allow the council to provide facilities to enhance freedom camping at Pilot Hill.

“Enhancing Pilot Hill will release the pressure on Clyde Court but is close enough to town for people to still be able to enjoy the Wairoa experience.

“There is a lot of freedom camping pressure on Clyde Court and the toilet facilities, and this funding will open up another opportunity.

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