Funding green light for trail

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Mark Williams

A $1 million-plus Central Lakes Trust grant paves the way for a new cycling/walking trail linking Arrowtown, Arthurs Point and Frankton.

Queenstown Trails Trust (QTT) needed to locally source 50 per cent of the estimated $7.82m cost of the trail before Ministry of Business, Innovation and Emp-loyment stumped up the balance.

QTT chief executive Mark Williams says Central Lakes Trust’s funding – $1,132,225 split between this year and next – gets it over the line, and as a result he’s hoping work starts this summer.

“This is fantastic.”

The project will start with a 6.7km trail between Arthurs Point and the new Tucker Beach trail, via the true left of the Shotover River.

The trail starts with an old mining tunnel and finishes with a suspension bridge over the Shotover.

Williams says this trail section will particularly suit Wakatipu High students living in Arthurs Point, who’ve lost easy access to the school since it relocated to Frankton.

Central Lakes Trust (CLT) grants manager Mat Begg says: “Arthurs Point is an area that has been left out in the safe walking and cycling infrastructure developed in the Wakatipu, and this trail will remedy that situation.”

Williams says this State One project also includes a new 13.8km trail from Millbrook Resort, near Arrowtown, to Arthurs Point, which he thinks will have more recreational than commuter appeal.

It also takes cyclists off Malaghans Road, which is a bit of a speed trap for motorists.

This trail section, he notes, will also connect with new trails being built on Coronet Peak.

Williams says CLT’s grant comes on top of significant funding from Queenstown’s council, local philanthropists and ‘Friends of the Trust’ supporters.

The trust’s now applying for resource consent – “I reckon after Christmas would be a good time to break ground”.

Following Stage One, Williams says Stage Two will connect Jack’s Point, Hanley’s Farm and the Coneburn special housing area with Frankton via a new pedestrian bridge off Boyd Rd.

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Queenstown Trails Trust is currently running its annual appeal. Visit its website for details:

www.queenstowntrail.org.nz/2019-appeal