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Coastal track to be built

SAHIBAN KANWAL
Last updated 05:00 12/06/2014
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A new track following the coastline at Jack's Point, south of Timaru, and extending from Scarborough Rd through to Ellis Rd is being planned.

The Bike and Walk South Canterbury Trust is behind the development.

"We have been working behind the scenes to develop a new track along the coastline and so far we have done all the legal work in regards to land ownership," trust chairman Steve Earnshaw said.

"Building of the track will start in the next couple of months."

The track development promotion is one of the projects that will be discussed next week when an online resource for keen track walkers and cyclists is launched.

"We will be setting up a website on southcanterbury.org.nz, with maps that will have track details and instructions and pictures of the track, Earnshaw said.

"Initially with the website launch we have 12 tracks.

"It will be a freely available online resource that people can use."

The trust is a local community charitable trust established in 2012 to support the development and use of the biking and walking tracks on offer in the region.

"The trust promotes cycling and walking opportunities," Earnshaw said. "A group of people from a range of organisations have come together to promote the opportunities we have here.

"We have been working with ECan [Environment Canterbury] and DOC [Department of Conservation] to help groups interested in developing their own cycle tracks."

The launch will take place at 5.30pm at the Timaru District Council chambers on Monday.

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- The Timaru Herald

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