Joint project finishes trail

02:12, Dec 10 2012
Waimea Estuary boardwalk
FAST PROGRESS: Glenn Morris joined members of Wakatu, Richmond, Nelson and Nelson West Rotary Clubs and other volunteers in the construction of a 160-metre boardwalk on Saturday. The boardwalk runs along the edge of the Waimea Estuary and is part of the cycleway under construction.

The final piece in the cycle trail jigsaw from Richmond to Rabbit Island has been completed by a gaggle of hammer-wielding helpers.

About 50 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Nelson, the Rotary Club of Wakatu, the Rotary Club of Richmond, the Rotary Club of Nelson West, the Nelson Mountain Bike Club and the Nelson Rowing Club built a 160-metre boardwalk in Richmond on Saturday.

Rotary Club of Nelson membership and PR director Derek Drysdale said the different Rotary branches had helped the Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail Trust by building boardwalks and bridges along the trail, but this was the first joint project.

Mr Drysdale said the trust provided the materials for the boardwalk and the clubs provided the manpower.

"We know it [the cycle trail] is going to be such a huge benefit for the region," he said.

Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail Trust trustee Hugh Briggs said the boardwalk was the last section of the trail to be completed between Richmond and Rabbit Island.

Mr Briggs said the labour provided by the Rotary clubs had saved the trust about $100,000 so far.

"The community is right behind it. People want to get involved," he said. Tasman Great Taste Cycle Trail Trust trustee and project contract supervisor Bill Gilbertson said Goldpine gave the trust a good deal on the wood for the boardwalk, and the 50 helpers made for fast progress.

"It's fantastic having all these people here. It's just brilliant. Progress is just so fast," he said.


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