Blueprint: Discussing an old map showing the paper road to
be reinstated as a walkway to Company Bay are (from left)
Bayne Tce resident Ross Whitburn, Otago Peninsula Community
Board member Bill Allen and MacAndrew Bay Residents
Association member Dave Goodwin. Photo by Bruce Munro.
Bayne Tce residents hope to reinstate an historic Otago
Peninsula walkway before winter.
This month the Otago Peninsula Community Board gave Dublin
Bay residents $500 to clear and reform the walking track
which locals once used to access Company Bay and the
Methodist Mission rest-home and hospital.
The site is now the Mission Cove residential development.
‘‘Lots of locals used it to go to work at the home and
hospital,'' Ross Whitburn, of Bayne Tce, said.
‘‘The track hasn't been used for a few years now, but it
would provide safe and easy access to Company Bay for local
and visiting walkers alike.''
The walkway was an unformed paper road from the early days of
the area's settlement.
But the growth of housing and trees led to the track not
being used and becoming overgrown.
Now the 3m-wide road's boundaries have been resurveyed and
defined. And support for the plan has been given by the
Macandrew Bay Residents
Association and the community board.
In addition to clearing the track, steps need to be cut in
the steep bank.
The Corrections Department has been approached about
‘‘It would take us about four months to do the work and take
them about one week,'' Mr Whitburn said.
‘‘We would like to see it done before winter.''