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October, 2021

Philanthropist and mountain biker Rod Drurys promising $2 million to
raise the standing of the Queenstown Lakes region as a world-class
biking destination.
Drury says hes working with bike sector businesses, not-for-profits and
iwi to determine where the money will have the maximum impact.
Well be looking at everything from short-term trail maintenance
needs through to much bigger, long-term economic development
opportunities for the whole region.
Were also excited to be continuing our work with iwi on a number of
ecological projects thatll ensure native planting programmes around
the trails, as well as looking for opportunities to share stories through
trail naming and signage.
Its clear biking is the next big opportunity for the Southern Lakes
region, he says.
Accelerating the development of trails infrastructure provides an
immediate benefit for locals, and puts us in a good position to attract
riders from around the globe as borders open.
Queenstown Mountain Bike Club president Pete McInally says the money
will be a huge boost for the sector, and will give greater certainty of
funding for the clubs trail projects.
It will also strengthen the clubs collaboration with the Queenstown
Trails Trust, Queenstown Lakes District Council and Department of
Destination Queenstowns also renewing its focus on biking post-Covid,
preparing a strategy document it consulted the sector on earlier this
month, McInally says.
Theyve seen what bikes doing and theyre jumping on board.

Source: Mountain Scene


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