Doc assessing cycle trails proposals

Mountain bikers should get their first glimpse in the next month or so of where future trails are likely to be allowed on Department of Conservation land in Otago.

The department is preparing a conservation management strategy review for cycle trails, and those wanting to have a say on where trails should be had until the end of May to submit their proposals.

Doc is now assessing the proposals but has declined to make them public. It will, however, put out a draft management strategy in July or August and then invite submissions.

Public hearings will follow, a revised strategy then going to the Otago Conservation Board and New Zealand Conservation Authority for their review and approval, to be completed between November and February.

One of the proposals is understood to be for a 35km, $4million trail through the Kawarau Gorge, linking Queenstown with Cromwell.

It was part of a cycle trail network announced in May 2016 by then Prime Minister John Key.

The government is contributing $13.2million to the $26.3million project.

The trust trying to complete the network complained earlier this year about the lack of progress on securing access to Doc land.


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