Plans are progressing on the Waihola Looking Forward group's
latest large project, although there is a lot of hard work to
go, its chairman says.
The group has had a plan for some time to build a 2km
walkway, which could also be used by cyclists, along the
front of Lake Waihola, from the Waihola Domain to Surrey Bay.
Chairman Stu Michelle said the group was now well into the
planning stages, but was keen to get some more people on
board to help progress the project.
The concept of a 2.4m-wide path similar to the cycle trails
in Central Otago remained, and the group had had some
positive talks with parties that would have to be involved,
He was still reluctant to say how much the project would cost
but the Taieri Times understands it would be well over
Mr Michelle said the group would raise the funds largely
through grants, but needed people to get involved in the
committee first, to make the project happen.
The group had an AGM coming up and was planning at least one
public meeting later this year.
Clutha District Council community support and development
adviser Jean Proctor said the group had approached her for
some advice and she had met them once about the project.
The project would take a lot of work, she said. While it was
not impossible, there was a lot to consider, including public
consultation, negotiations with landowners and engagement of
''They're a very motivated group and I will be working very
closely with them on it in the future.''
Mr Michelle said the group felt it was time to push the
project more into the public eye, and people would hear a lot
more about it.
''It'll be great for the town and for cyclists, because that
bit through there is especially dangerous for cyclists.''
Waihola Looking Forward is a group of local volunteers who
look after the general beautification needs of the district.
They have previously built a jetty and upgraded the Waihola
Hall, and they maintain the Millennium Track in their area.