Track waits on de­ci­sion by min­is­ter

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The pro­posed Hawea Flat School Track is back on track with the Up­per Clutha Tracks Trust re­gain­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions with pri­vate landown­ers.

Jenny and Craig Laing, own­ers of land south­west of the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil-owned Hawea Do­main, have agreed to a land swap af­ter threat­en­ing to pull the pin fol­low­ing con­cerns about a me­dia re­port.

The pro­posed swap in­cluded 1.7ha of the Hawea Do­main with a 0.19ha sec­tion be­long­ing to Laing’s so a track be­tween Camp Hill and the do­main can be formed.

The track would pro­vide more di­rect ac­cess for stu­dents to Hawea Flat School.

Up­per Clutha Tracks Trust chair­man Alan Gillespie said ne­go­ti­a­tions for the $130,000 track had been com­pleted.

Be­cause the track in­cluded re­serve land the swap needed to be signed off by Con­ser­va­tion min­is­ter Nick Smith.

The de­ci­sion was ex­pected to take sev­eral months and it was un­known if con­struc­tion would be able to start be­fore the end of the year, Gillespie said.

If and when it was signed off the trust would be call­ing for ex­pres­sions of in­ter­est to build the track, he said.

Last week the coun­cil agreed to set aside $65,000 in its an­nual plan for the track.

Guardian: Wanaka river con­ser­va­tion­ist Lewis Ver­duyn

Cas­sels. Make a do­na­tion of any amount go to red­bridgeriver­park.blogspot.co.nz/do­nate-to-our-trust­fund

Nick Smith

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