Track waits on decision by minister
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.
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