Plans for a $1 million ''missing link'' in the Upper Clutha's
cycle network are moving ahead.
A feasibility study on a proposed 25km track between Wanaka
and the Cardrona village has just been completed and final
negotiations of easements over farmland should begin soon.
Project spokeswoman and Cardrona developer Kathy Brooke-Lynne
said the study - paid for with proceeds from the past two
Cardrona vintage fairs - estimated the track's construction
would cost about $1 million.
Southern Land CKL engineer and former Upper Clutha Tracks
Trust chairman Tim Dennis had surveyed a route for the track,
which it was hoped could be built in conjunction with a
proposed $2 million wastewater line from Cardrona to Wanaka's
Project Pure treatment plant.
The track had been designed to a ''council commuter
standard'' on the basis that the Queenstown Lakes District
Council would potentially take it over once it was developed,
Ms Brooke-Lynne said.
The majority of farmers had been ''totally supportive'' of
the track crossing their land.
One landowner's indecision was largely related to the
location of the track.
''Why it's had a lot of support is because it's the missing
link. Wanaka in every other direction, except for that
southern link, has a cycle track now.
''Also it's a lot flatter. It's a gradual gradient, which is
good for a lot of older people and children and things
because a lot of the other tracks ... are quite challenging,
and so that's a plus, as well.''
The Cardrona Residents and Ratepayers Association recently
made a funding application to the council for the legal work
required for the track's easements. Seeking funds for its
construction would be the next step.
''We believe it will be a great asset for both communities to
link the two together,'' Ms Brooke-Lynne said.