Strat­egy for tracks due

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Track sign­posts, fu­ture devel­op­ment and main­te­nance and com­mer­cial use of public tracks are key is­sues dis­cussed in a strat­egy due for public re­lease this week.

Up­per Clutha Tracks Net­work Steer­ing Group chair­woman Ella Law­ton said on Fri­day the strat­egy aimed to guide key stake­hold­ers and track de­vel­op­ers so fu­ture track build­ing could be prop­erly planned.

The steer­ing group membership is made up of the four Wanaka-based track builders - the Up­per Clutha Tracks Trust, Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion, Bike Wanaka, and the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil - and the or­gan­i­sa­tion that helps pro­motes them, Lake Wanaka Tourism.

The group ap­pointed project manager Ruth Har­ri­son to study the lo­cal net­work, con­sult and de­velop the strat­egy. Law­ton was happy with Har­ri­son’s re­port, which among many things, dis­cusses the need for bet­ter signs and com­mer­cial track uses.

‘‘I think the com­mu­nity needs to give the or­gan­i­sa­tions who pro­vide those [com­mer­cial] con­ces­sions clear guide­lines about how that could be man­aged in the long term, for ex­am­ple in terms of group size,’’ Law­ton said.

Law­ton said she was mo­ti­vated to form the steer­ing group as soon as she was elected last year, be­cause of con­cerns about a lack of funds to build more tracks.

How­ever, the steer­ing group’s work had only just be­gun.

‘‘Now we need to cre­ate an ac­tion plan. That will have rec­om­men­da­tions for mov­ing for­ward with the key is­sues . . . the strat­egy is only the be­gin­ning,’’ she said.

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