Footbridge still underfunded

UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Committee member Margaret Munro and project manager Colin MacLaren survey the work completed so far on the footbridge that will cross the Lake Tekapo outlet. Another $150,000 is needed to complete the project.
UNDER CONSTRUCTION: Committee member Margaret Munro and project manager Colin MacLaren survey the work completed so far on the footbridge that will cross the Lake Tekapo outlet. Another $150,000 is needed to complete the project.

Despite several generous grants, more than $150,000 is still needed to complete the Tekapo Footbridge.

The 123-metre footbridge will join the two parts of the village separated by the Lake Tekapo outlet. Once complete it will be part of the national walkway, Te Araroa.

Footbridge committee secretary Christine MacLaren said although it had received several donations, including $100,000 from the Community Trust of Mid and South Canterbury, and $100,000 from the Lottery Minister's Discretionary Fund, more funds were still needed to complete the project.

Mrs MacLaren said it was her concern for the safety of people using the current road bridge that drew her into the project.

"I have learnt a hang of a lot about footbridges in the past few years," she said.

Mrs MacLaren said the local community had given so much to the project, but could not be expected to provide any more.

"We have to look further afield for our funding now. We still have a lot of avenues to go down," she said.

Fundraising for the bridge began in August 2010 and it is expected the total cost will be $1.3 million.

The Timaru Herald