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The taste of success was mixed with the usual taste of dust for residents of Ballantyne Rd, Wanaka, this week as they welcomed the first moves to seal the busy gravel road.
Contractors have begun removing fences and trees to make way for earthmoving equipment.
Resident John Coers (left) was "shovel ready" with Wanaka Community Board member Ed Taylor yesterday as they demonstrated how badly the 4km road needed upgrading.
Mr Coers said he had been discussing the upgrade for more than a dozen years.
The $6.4million job is being funded by the Queenstown Lakes District Council and the NZ Transport Agency. PHOTO: MARK PRICE