Tourism gets boost in Franklin

Publish Date : 01 May 2023

Funding has been awarded to the Manukau Heads Lighthouse Trust to develop better signage and produce a brochure for the popular visitor attraction.

Franklin Local Board allocated the group $17,500 from its Franklin Tourism Development Fund.

Board Waiuku subdivision member Sharlene Druyven says the trust does fantastic work in maintaining and promoting the lighthouse, which attracts significant numbers of visitors every year.

“The allocation will give the trust some certainty going forward, and we have also allocated just short of $10,000 to the Clevedon and Community Business Association for tourism activities on the other side of Franklin too.”

The group will receive $9850, made up of $3500 for the creation of a digital map, $3150 for signage within the village, $1200 for a visitor map, $1000 for a promotional summer tote bag and another $1000 for a project around merchandising for the area’s growing tourism attractions.

Druyven says the board is conscious that it is in an environment where savings need to be made but is confident both groups are major contributors to maintaining and developing the area’s tourism interests.

“We believe developing our visitor economy is an important part of generating local opportunity and prosperity, and to support that, we created a contestable fund for locally-led tourism development.”

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