Omaui Tracks Trust wins Out­door Ac­cess Cham­pion Award

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The Omaui Tracks Trust re­ceived an Out­door Ac­cess Cham­pion Award last month. The award recog­nises the Trust’s achieve­ments in en­hanc­ing pub­lic ac­cess and of­fer­ing new op­por­tu­ni­ties for New Zealan­ders to ex­pe­ri­ence our great out­doors. Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion board mem­ber Robin McNeill pre­sented the award at a cer­e­mony in South­land. The awards are an an­nual event or­gan­ised by the New Zealand Walk­ing Ac­cess Com­mis­sion. Com­mis­sion Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Man­ager Asher Wil­son-Gold­man says they cel­e­brate the peo­ple and com­mu­nity groups around the coun­try who are de­vel­op­ing trails and mak­ing it eas­ier for peo­ple to ex­pe­ri­ence the out­doors. Since 2011 the Omaui Tracks Trust has worked to form a new walk­ing track from the Omaui Scenic Re­serve in South­land. The trail will open of­fi­cially on Sun­day 12 Novem­ber. It pro­vides South­landers and vis­i­tors with a new out­door ex­pe­ri­ence to the top of Omaui Hill, with a fine view of Foveaux Strait and Bluff Har­bour. The track has al­ready been get­ting good use from school groups, run­ners, pest con­trol peo­ple and those who just en­joy a peace­ful walk in the bush.

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