Hauraki Herald 27 May 2008
On Track finds funding in step
By MATHEW GROCOTT
A project to create walking tracks in the upper Coromandel Peninsula has received a funding boost to the tune of $138,000.
Coromandel On Track was granted $84,000 from the Thames Coromandel District Council coffers at a meeting on Wednesday. The grant releases a further $54,486.60 from the Coromandel Colville Community Board.
The money had been pledged by TCDC in 2004 and was subject to several requirements. Those requirements — the last of which was the signing of agreements with landowners whose land some tracks cross - have now been met.
Coromandel On Track trustee Michael Noonan told the council meeting these agreements spanned as far as 15 years.
The first walkway to be created will run about 3km from Harbour View Rd and Rings Rd in Coromandel. Coromandel On Track sees this route as a scenic, alternative route for walkers between the northern and southern ends of the town.
Mr Noonan said the project, which will eventually result in a network of new tracks and refurbished tracks, would bring tourism opportunities to the area.
"When the project was begun we talked about it as a tourist operation in the area, we’re creating a structure where people can create their own business to capitalise on inter-national tourism," he said.
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