Strategy for tracks due
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.