Clutha Parkway ‘River Family’ Growing
The Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway Group has recently established working relationships with two new river community groups involved in trail initiatives.
The Roxburgh Cycle Trail Working Party, and the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust, both have river trail development proposals that would contribute to the Parkway Group’s overall vision of creating a river-length trail.
The Parkway Group is working towards the establishment of the largest river park in New Zealand, along the entire 338km river corridor from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific. The Parkway Trail, achieved in stages, is expected to bring significant economic benefits, especially to the river communities.
“We are delighted to be working with these groups, and will support their river corridor trail work in every possible way,” said Parkway Group Chairperson, Lewis Verduyn.
“From the outset, we have encouraged the river communities to tell us what they want, since they have the essential local knowledge. The Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway will belong to the river communities, first and foremost. We need them to be involved in both the development of the river corridor, and also in the eventual integrated management of the River Parkway.”
“It’s heartening for us to see our ‘river family’ growing, because this means that our original vision is becoming a reality. We are keen for other river community groups to contact us, especially groups with river trail proposals.”