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.’’

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