Making it real: cycleway has strong commitment
The wheels are in motion for the Hauraki Rail Trail from Kaiaua to Thames, Thames to Paeroa, Paeroa to Te Aroha and Paeroa to Waihi.
Hauraki and Matamata-Piako district councils have been consulting with individual farmers and have now spoken with most of the leaseholders affected by the proposed trail.
The councils have been working closely with landowners to identify the impact of the trail on their operations and how they can mitigate any issues. Consultation with leaseholders will be completed soon.
‘‘We’ve managed to contact most farmers to answer their questions and discuss their concerns, and work through solutions,’’ Hauraki cycleway project manager Adrian de Laborde said.
‘‘ We have generally received positive feedback from the farmers we’ve spoken to with many expressing their support for the project and how it will benefit our communities.’’ Mr de Laborde said.
Thames Coromandel District Council is also asking for submissions on their draft annual plan, which includes a proposal to contribute $ 450,000 for the Thames to Paeroa leg of the cycleway and ongoing funding towards annual operating costs.
Anyone can make a submission on this proposal by visiting www. tcdc. govt. nz/ annualplan or by picking up a submission form from any Thames Coromandel District Council office or library.
The cycleway is expected to bring between 45,000 to 60,000 visitors each year into the Thames Coromandel, Hauraki and Matamata-Piako districts, benefiting our communities by up to $16 million annually once all stages are complete.
The trail will also open up new business opportunities ranging from bike hire, to accommodation, tours, transport and more.
The cycleway will be developed in two stages.
Stage one will include Thames to Paeroa, Paeroa to Waikino and Paeroa to Te Aroha. Construction of this stage will start shortly and will take place over two seasons. The section from Kaiaua to Thames (stage two) is presently on hold.
Updates on the cycleway project are available from www.haurakirailtrail.co.nz.