Walk­way for Ti­rau ap­proved

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Af­ter an 18-month de­lay Ti­rau will fi­nally re­ceive its walk­way – con­nect­ing res­i­dents to the town’s do­main.

Project man­ager Cliff Burl­ing-clar­idge said the de­sign work for the bridge, rail­way pedes­trian cross­ing and track route was now well in hand at the south­ern en­trance to Ti­rau.

Burl­ing-clar­idge said the walk­way has to cross over a rail­way line and ob­tain­ing ap­proval from Ki­wirail was a lengthy process.

‘‘Coun­cil was re­luc­tant to progress other el­e­ments with­out the Ki­wirail ap­proval for the cross­ing as the project would have been un­able to go ahead with­out the cross­ing.’’

The project was one of 15 $5 mil­lion com­mu­nity and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment projects that were ap­proved in 2014.

Burl­ing-clar­idge said the coun­cil com­mit­ted this money from its in­vest­ment fund and no ratepayer money would be used.

‘‘We called for sub­mis­sions and projects from the com­mu­nity. Ul­ti­mately 15 projects were funded. The Tı¯rau Com­mu­nity Board ap­plied for

‘‘The walk­way con­trib­utes to the health and well­be­ing of the T¯ırau com­mu­nity.’’

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