TE AROHA TO MATAMATA
Concept plans for the proposed $4m Te Aroha to Matamata cycleway project are almost complete but it’s not certain construction will start this year as planned.
Matamata-Piako District Council will apply for some of the $24m funding available through the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment to help pay for the cycleway. The council is also working through easement plans with two land owners opposed to the plan, on the first part of the leg to Te Aroha West.
This, coupled with the outcome of the funding application to government and finalisation of the cycleway’s route, will determine when the project could be finished and open to the public.
Council wanted to have the trail along Te Aroha-Gordon and Mace roads and may consider a loop back into town along Stanley Road South.
The Te Aroha to Matamata cycleway is identified in the Hauraki Rail Trail strategic plan and also the regional business plan which is currently being completed.
The project was included in the council’s 2015-2025 long term plan.
A report on the project’s status in December said staff and councillors met with those involved in the development of the route as well as national funders and other trail operators in the country.