Te Anau Cycling Inc (TACI) are gearing up to build their most ambitious trails to date, a scenic network of mountain biking trails through Fiordland’s Snowdon Forest. The volunteer organisation are working with internationally renowned New Zealander Tom Hey of Elevate Trail Building to develop purpose-built grade three to five mountain bike tracks.
The network will connect to the lakeside trails and be available for multiple user-groups including walkers, runners and athletics clubs. The trails will also provide a foundation for enhanced environmental management through predator control for the protection of native and threatened species.
With the support of $50,000 from Meridian’s Manapōuri Power Up Fund, the trails are on track for building to begin later this year.
Meridian’s Manapōuri Power Up Fund supports local projects in Te Anau, Manapōuri, Clifden and Tuatapere that support sustainable community development. In 2015 this included helping TACI’s last mountain bike project, Perenuka MTB Park.
Other Manapōuri groups receiving funding in the latest round of Power Up are:
- $13,200 to Pomona Island Charitable Trust for installation of a network of A24 predator traps.
- $1,000 to help set up Te Anau Community Events Charitable Trust.
- $4,000 for four bikes for Fiordland College’s Pedal on Project.
- $1,900 for the purchase of a fundraising BBQ for Te Anau Primary School PTA.
Total funding awarded to Manapōuri community groups in this round: $70,100. Applications are now open for the October 2019 Manapōuri Power Up funding round. For more information and to apply, visit meridianenergy.co.nz/powerup
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