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Commuters on Camphill Road will have noticed the new activity either side of the Camphill bridge.
Council contractors have started work on the Hawea River Track, a walking and cycling track that will link Lake Hawea with Albert Town along the Hawea River.
QLDC Project Manager Trish Wrigley says the track will be built to a 2.2 metre cycling standard. “I know it looks like a road at the moment but that is only so the contractors can get their machinery in. We will be fully restoring it to just a bike track” said Ms Wrigley.
The track is the first major project of the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, who have put a lot of work in to get the project even this far.
“We are very excited to see something happening on the ground’” said Trust Chairman John Pawson, “but we need to ask people not to use the track until it is finished.”
The 12 km Hawea River Track crosses some private land and negotiations with these landowners are very important to the success of the track. “People using the track before it is officially opened will be jeopardising our negotiations and therefore the future of the track” said Mr Pawson.
If all goes well, the Hawea River Track should be officially opened sometime next summer.