Ramp still in the works for swing bridge

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The Upper Clutha Tracks Trust is confident it can raise funds for a ramp to the Hawea River swing bridge, despite cost estimates for the project increasing to $80,000.

Trustee member John Wellington said costs for the ramp were originally thought to be $40,000 to $50,000.

“Two years ago we thought that would be sufficient funding to build it, but these projects are always a ‘finger in the air’. Until you actually start getting some quotes or estimates, it is always very hard to actually know what a project is going to cost.

“We’ve got some estimates for the project, we’ve had a quality surveyor look at the project, and the budget is now based around those figures.”

About $23,000 had been raised so far.

The trust was applying to several organisations at present for further funding, Mr Wellington said.

“We’ve got applications out, so we should find out if we are successful with those in the next six to eight weeks.”

Those applications amounted to about $40,000, “so it leaves us with about $15,000 still to find, and I’m still contemplating where to approach to try and raise those funds”.

“We do welcome donations from anybody who wants to support the project.”

To give, visit www.uppercluthatrackstrust.org.nz.

Ramped up . . . A proposed ramp would replace the current steps to the Hawea River swing bridge. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON