A significant step forward for Tasman’s Great Taste Trail has been achieved with the granting of resource consent for a substantial part of the Coastal section along the Waimea Estuary.
This part of the route includes an existing part of the trial, and takes into account spectacular coastal vistas along the Waimea Estuary via a land trail and series of coastal boardwalks.
Tasman Mayor Richard Kempthorne says the granting of consent will be welcomed by residents and visitors to the region alike.
“It’s fantastic that they’ve got the go-ahead. Residents will be able to use the trail every day, and the coastal section will enhance our region’s reputation as a fantastic cycling destination for visitors.”
Trust Project Manager, Stuart Hughes says that although the number of interests in the area always signalled a long consent process, the result was a better overall outcome for everyone.
“This trail traverses some sensitive coastal areas as well as private landholdings, and required very extensive stakeholder input. Feedback and input from the various parties has been invaluable to shaping the trail and setting appropriate consent conditions,” Mr Hughes says.
“This has been a real exercise in collaboration forming solid working relationships with the Trust, Council and key parties. We would like to acknowledge the time and effort that the various environmental organisations and landowners have contributed”.
Tasman District Council is a key partner in the success of the trail, and Mr Hughes says that Tasman’s Great Taste Trail concept would never have got off the ground without their support.
The Council will ultimately own the trail, which will become a valuable asset for the whole community.
Construction of the track will take place in stages once a detailed schedule has been finalised.
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Tasman's Great Taste Trail