Yvette Hendry, secretary of the Purakaunui Amenities
Society, walks along the Purakaunui Inlet track, for which
funding for repairs has been received. Photo by Jane
The Purakaunui Amenities Society has been granted $12,875
by the Walking Access Commission's Enhanced Access Fund for
upgrading of the Purakaunui walking track.
Society president Jude Newton said the organisation was
grateful for the funding, because the Purakaunui Inlet track
had been getting "really bad".
"The tide washed away the rocks that held the bank up and it
was starting to slump," she said. "We have spent a lot of
time and work on this project."
Eighteen community groups throughout New Zealand will be able
to upgrade local walking tracks, following the Walking Access
Commission's Enhanced Access Fund's latest round of grants.
The Purakaunui group was chosen from more than 40
applications to the commission for financial support from an
available pool of $230,000.
The Glenorchy Community Association received $10,000 for the
Glenorchy Lagoon walkway extension, which was the only other
allocation to an Otago-based organisationThe Purakaunui
Amenities Society will require an additional $5000, which it
hopes to raise with the help of the Otago Community Trust, to
complete work on the walking track.
"We look forward to the completion of these projects so
locals and visitors alike can enjoy access to the outdoors,"
New Zealand Walking Access Commission Board chairman John
- Sarah Turner