Hur­dle cleared for course

The Tribune (NZ) - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

Plans for a high ropes course to be set up on Palmer­ston North’s Rail­way Land have over­come a cru­cial ob­sta­cle.

City coun­cil­lors have voted 11-5 to grant a li­cence to Tek­ton Ltd to op­er­ate the com­mer­cial ven­ture on the cen­tral city re­serve.

For op­er­a­tor Todd Karipa, the break­through comes 10 months after first ap­ply­ing to the coun­cil for a li­cence to lease a por­tion of the land.

Karipa said he had never ex­pected the process to take so long, but he un­der­stood the coun­cil needed to do things prop­erly. He also re­spected the views of the Rail­way Ac­tion Group, which op­posed the li­cence.

Group spokes­woman Mar­i­lyn Bul­loch said she was dis­ap­pointed to have to fight again to have the land pre­served as open green space.

The group had been de­fend­ing the land from de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als for 23 years.

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