Solution to river track sought
Too many agencies with responsibility for parts of the Waihi River track are making overall responsibility a headache, according to a report to the Geraldine Community Board.
Land Information New Zealand (Linz), the Timaru District Council (TDC), and the Department of Conversation (DOC) each control a parcel, while some aspects are subject to survey rights of the Geraldine Licensing Trust (GLT).
Flooding in late July has eroded a section at the northern end of the track, which is closed to the public, awaiting repair.
A report on the damaged track prepared by council property manager Matt Ambler and parks and recreation manager Bill Steans was discussed at the community board meeting on August 23.
It outlined the need for formalisation of the track’s management as local community ser- vice groups had stepped forward to undertake repairs.
The suggested options were to leave track maintenance to Linz to arrange with the groups, or for Linz to negotiate an agreement with the other identified landowners.
Geraldine Ward councillor Kerry Stevens said the community board accepted the recommendations and the council would negotiate with Linz.
‘‘We will have to wait and see if it is suitable to all parties.’’