Major Step Forward for Trust

Date:
Apr 12, 2005

The Wakatipu Trails Trust has received major funding which should see key walk and cycle links established within the next two years.

The Community Trust of Southland has provided a major financial boost to the Queenstown Lakes District Council led project in the form of $500,000, to be funded over the next three years. "This is wonderful news, very encouraging," WakatipuTrails Trust chairman John Wilson said.

The Wakatipu Trails Trust had made a submission and presentation aiming to attract part funding, however the funding up front, this year, was an opportunity to fulfill the Wakatipu Trails Trust's ambitions more quickly. "Basically when they saw the bigger project they came back to us with the news that they had decided to commit to that, in full," Mr Wilson said.

The funding, combined with Council funding and that of New Zealand Land Transport (formerly Transfund), meant the Trust, in conjunction with the Council, could push ahead to complete the Fernhill town link, about to be tendered, the Queenstown/Arrowtown link and the Bob's Cove to Queenstown link. The latter, being a Wakatipu Trails Trust funded Department of Conservation project.

The main trail from Queenstown to Arrowtown was a priority, Mr Wilson said.

"We have two main options that we are considering, involving paper roads and private land, which will see the link kept away from the main road as much as possible," Mr Wilson said.

The trail would flow from the Frankton Track, through Frankton Flats, across the restored historic lower Shotover bridge, and eventually link up to the satellite villages of Lake Hayes Estate and Quail Rise and on, via Lake Hayes, to Arrowtown. "It's a brilliant concept that we will now see come to fruition ahead of schedule," Mr Wilson said.

The Fernhill town link, from Cameron Place to Thompson Street, including two bridges and covering approximately 3 km, was scheduled to be completed by Christmas, this year.

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For further information please contact John Wilson 442 1894 or QLDC parks director Paul Wilson 03 441 0499.

By: Tamah