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The Around the Mountains Cycle Trail is one more step along the track with its resource consent application being notified and open for submissions. Further information on the trail is available from Southland District Council's website and submissions close on 23 September.
The consent application has been lodged with Southland District Council, Environment Southland, Queenstown Lakes District Council and the Department of Conservation, and the hearing will be held before an independent commissioner.
In developing the trail Council has been mindful of the need to ensure a safe, enjoyable and unique outdoor recreation experience for cyclists and walkers from Southland, New Zealand and overseas tourists. The trail is intended to complement other great cycle trails; generate tourism opportunities for Southlanders; and support the vitality and well being of communities along the trail.
The development of this application has taken some time, because of research and consultation with affected parties, ranging from landowners, authorities, engineers, tourism professionals and Fish and Game Southland.
Council encourages all interested persons, whether in favour or against, to submit and make their views known.