Coromandel Great Walks Project gets Government support 17 June 2015 The Coromandel Great Walks Project has been awarded a $1M grant by the Lotteries Significant Project Fund. The Coromandel Great Walks Project has been awarded a $1M grant by the Lotteries Significant Project Fund.The Coromandel Great Walks Project aims to link the whole District from east and west coasts and across the spine of the Coromandel.The $1M funding from the Government’s Lottery Significant Projects Fund is towards the first walk, which route goes through Public Conservation Land (DOC), Council reserve and Stella Evered Reserve Land. When finished it will link the Purangi Estuary through to Hot Water Beach, further north past Whitianga and Kuaotunu and further south towards Tairua, Pauanui and on down to Whangamata."We are absolutely thrilled with the decision," says Mayor Glenn Leach. "This is a visionary project developed in a collaborative partnership with local iwi (Ngati Hei) and DOC and getting capital funding from government vindicates our strategy.""This is such good news for the Coromandel, it supports our tourism industry, it ties in with appreciation of our biodiversity, it will showcase our cultural heritage with iwi and will have health benefits. This funding is a great kick-start."The Lottery Significant Projects Fund Committee felt that "the project aligned with the Fund’s priorities and criteria" and "contributes to the national outcomes of the Fund’s specified areas."For this first Walk our Council has set aside $1.25M, with DOC also committing $450k to the project. We are also awaiting funding decisions from other external organisations.The next steps will be the Walks Governance Group meeting to define a work plan."We are also meeting regularly with the Hahei community and its' Stakeholder Working Group, who are providing feedback and input from a community perspective," says Mayor Leach."We have informed them of the news and will be meeting with the group to go over the work plan for the walk and short and long-term resolutions around dealing with increasing visitor numbers to this area."Go to www.tcdc.govt.nz/corogreatwalks for more information.