Push­ing to open up trail

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

The Mata­mata Pub­lic Re­la­tions As­so­ci­a­tion (PRA) is con­tin­u­ing with its ob­jec­tive of ‘‘stop­ping traf­fic’’.

Not rest­ing af­ter the two year i-SITE Gate­house con­struc­tion project, the PRA com­mit­tee has ap­proved plans to join forces with the Te Aroha Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion to pro­mote the ex­ten­sion of the cy­cle­way from Te Aroha to Mata­mata.

‘‘We have taken into con­sid­er­a­tion the type of per­son us­ing the Hau­raki Rail Trail. They want a re­lax­ing, safe ride with­out too much phys­i­cal stress,’’ Mata­mata PRA man­ager Sue Whit­ing said.

‘‘Be­cause of this we be­lieve that the cy­cle­way should be ex­tended from Te Aroha to Mata­mata via Manawaru and Tower Rd. It’s beau­ti­ful scenery, the road cor­ri­dor is 40m wide and the route fol­lows a high free drain­ing ridge with very few stream or wa­ter course cross­ings.’’

Dis­cus­sions have taken place in the past about the cy­cle­way ex­ten­sion.

‘‘The time is right and to­gether with the Te Aroha Busi­ness As­so­ci­a­tion we have made a sub­mis­sion to the Mata­mata-Pi­ako District Coun­cil’s 2014/2015 Draft An­nual Plan re­quest­ing that the coun­cil set aside funds to ex­tend the cy­cle­way,’’ Ms Whit­ing said.

The PRA plans to speak to in­ter­ested groups such as the Mata­mata Ped­dlers Club and other ser­vice groups who may be in­ter­ested in join­ing forces with them.

Those in­ter­ested in be­ing part of the group should con­tact sue@mata­matanz.co.nz

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