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Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail

Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Outside Sports NZ

Resource consent has been granted by an independent commissioner for the Oreti River section, as part of stage two of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail. This will allow one of the original seven great trail rides to be completed, which has been a working progress since 2008.

In his decision Commissioner Denis Nugent said: “I conclude that the adverse effects on the environment from the application overall would be less than minor, and such effects would be balanced or outweighed by the positive benefits to the Southland community of constructing the trail.”

The consent was to construct and use a cycle trail, construct seven bridges and an underpass, to extract 2000 cubic metres of gravel and to construct culverts and boardwalks within road reserve.

Stage One Panel Designs

There are 23 proposed panel design concepts for stage one of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail The panels will hold a variety of information ranging from environmental to heritage information and trail rules. Community Development Planner Julie Russell said the panels are an important part of the trail experience: “They are a way to celebrate and preserve the uniqueness of our communities.”

Mr Marshall said if no appeals were lodged it was expected that the trail would be completed by the end of the year.

Trail Talk: Around the Mountains Cycle Trail Outside Sports NZ

Cyclists ride through Athol on Stage One of the trai. Photo Credit: Southland District Council Communications Dept

For more information about Around the Mountains Cycle Trail click here.

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