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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.

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