Plan for trail extension to go to Government

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A concept plan for a proposed extension of the Clutha Gold Cycle Trail to Waihola is to be presented to the Government this month.

Lawrence-Waihola Working Party member and Clutha trail trustee Murray Paterson said the plan would be presented by November 18, which was the date by which all cycle trail trusts around the country had been asked to submit 10-year plans for any extensions or developments of their trail.

The Lawrence-Waihola group had been working on the idea for the extension for about two years, and a feasibility study for the proposal was now being done. It was hoped the study would be completed by early next year, Mr Paterson said.

The proposed extension would be about 63km and go from Lawrence to Waihola. Cyclists would then easily be able to continue cycling on an existing back road to Dunedin Airport, which was less than another 10km away, Mr Paterson said.

“So once other trail extensions [in the Queenstown-Cromwell district] have been completed we would the Queenstown Airport to the Dunedin Airport, without any van ride. It would be a great biking holiday.”

Mr Paterson said good numbers of cyclists were already passing through Lawrence because of the Clutha Gold trail, and businesspeople were predicting even more cyclists would do the trail and visit Lawrence this summer.