Pushing to open up trail
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 email@example.com