Coun­cil sup­ports own­er­ship of Cen­tral Hawkes Bay cy­cle bridge

Walking New Zealand - - Walk Talk -

Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil to­day agreed to be the owner of a pro­posed sus­pen­sion bridge across the Tuk­i­tuki River down­stream of Waipuku­rau in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay. The pro­posed bridge is a pro­ject be­ing cham­pi­oned by Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay Ro­tary River Path­ways Trust. The new as­set will con­nect ex­ist­ing lime­sand trails on both sides of the river and give eas­ier ac­cess to the moun­tain bike park be­ing de­vel­oped on land al­ready owned by Hawke’s Bay Re­gional Coun­cil. The new bridge - once fully-funded and con­structed - will im­prove the al­ready pop­u­lar trails in Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay and be a drawcard for peo­ple liv­ing in, near and vis­it­ing the area. HBRC Coun­cil­lors were pre­sented with the rec­om­men­da­tion to as­sume own­er­ship, in light of strong community sup­port and ex­ten­sive fund-rais­ing that has al­ready taken place. Re­solv­ing who would own the bridge, to be sit­u­ated in the river cor­ri­dor, was needed for the Trust to get fund­ing over the line, with the hope of see­ing con­struc­tion oc­cur early next year. “The Ro­tary River Path­ways Trust has worked tire­lessly to of­fer multi-pur­pose trails and bik­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the community in our Cen­tral Hawke’s Bay towns,” says Coun­cil­lor Deb­bie He­witt. “It’s great to see this part­ner­ship of the Re­gional Coun­cil work­ing with a community group here. When built, this bridge will add huge value to the ex­ist­ing river path­ways and the new moun­tain bike park,” added Coun­cil­lor He­witt.

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