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A national delegation researching
the seven proposed "quick start"
tracks in the Government's
national cycleway project toured
the Around the Mountain section
Southland District Councillor
John Douglas, who is also a keen
mountain biker, met the group
in Mossburn last Friday and was
buoyed by their enthusiasm for the
area. However, news that the track
is now unlikely to be fully funded
by the Government has angered
Southland District Mayor Frana
Cardno and Queenstown Lakes
District Mayor Clive Geddes.
The easy-to-ride 175km Around
the Mountain route was one of
just two "quick start" projects
in the South Island selected by
the Government for possible
construction this summer. Cyclists
will travel across Lake Wakatipu
on the TSS Earnslaw, then head
through Walter Peak and Mount Nicholas
Stations to Lake Mavora, along the Oreti
River to Mossburn and follow the old railway
line to Lumsden, passing through Athol and
Garston on their way to Kingston.
The Government has set aside $50 million
for the New Zealand Cycleway Fund, $9
million of that for the seven projects
earmarked for a "quick start." However,
initial estimates put the cost of developing
the Around the Mountain route alone
at $11 million.
Mr Douglas said the council had
always understood that the cycleway
would be 100 percent Government
funded but discussions last week
implied that was now unlikely.
Mrs Cardno said it was a back-down.
"We were promised substantial
funding from the Government as part
of the Prime Minister's national cycle
way and now we are being told to
save money and find other funding."
The visiting group planned to assess
the business case, economic impact
and engineering definitions and
specifications before announcing,
probably in January or February, how
the project is likely to proceed. Such
delays also annoyed the mayors.
"We feel utter frustration at this, and
are sure the community does too, as
we are virtually ready to start."
Making a stop in Mossburn last Friday during a reccy of
the proposed national cycle way were (back, from left)
Ministry of Tourism general manager Ray Salter, national
cycle trail project manager John Dunn, Viastrada traffic
engineering and planning director Axel Wylie, Southland
District Council Five Rivers Ward member John Douglas,
(front, from left) Bracken Hall owners Annabel Russell
and Margaret Taylor and Queenstwn-based tourism
planning consultant Mike Barnett.
The tireless efforts of an otautau teenager,
assisting both at school and within her
community, have been recognised at the
annual TrustPower Invercargill Southland
Southland Girls' High School boarder
Brooke Flett said she "just sort of got
involved" -- a slight understatement when
you look at her achievements. As well
as being prefect both at school and at
Enwood Hostel, debating captain, one
of the organisers of the school's stage
challenge, organiser of a Dancing with the
Stars fundraiser, a peer mentor and helping
others with their fundraisers, Brooke has
also co-chaired the Invercargill Youth
Council, collected for the Arthritis Appeal
and helped out at the Kidzone Festival this
She has maintained high academic
standards as well and will be studying for a
Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Arts
in politics and Japanese when she starts at
Victoria University, Wellington, in February
Her award came as a surprise as she was
unsure of how much other nominees had
Her prize included $250 to donate towards
an organisation and she found it easy to
choose her worthy cause.
"I picked the Otautau Toy
Cupboard as they nurture
those younger people in the
And the conscientious pupil has
put her own $250 prize money
towards her savings for next
The Drummond Scout Group
was runner-up in the
Educational and Child Youth
Development section after the
group reformed after a nine
Drummond group leader
Helen McLeish said the
reforming of the group was a
true community effort.
Four people who had
volunteered as leaders had
to undergo more than 180 hours' training,
the rugby club had allowed the group to
meet at the clubrooms and Drummond
grandmother Gwenda Adamson had sewn
all 30 of the scarves for the cubs and keas.
Mrs McLeish said since the scouts had
started the numbers had doubled with 12
cubs and 14 keas now attending meetings
and two more kea leaders had emerged.
"The children are really enjoying the games
and activities each week." she said.
The scout group was now planning its first
local community project.
TrustPower Youth Community Spirit Award winner Brooke
Flett, of Otautau, surrounded by (back, from left) TrustPower
Community Relations Manager Graeme Purches, TrustPower
Strategic Business Development Manager Peter Calderwood
(front) Southland Mayor Frana Cardno and Invercargill Deputy
Mayor Neil Boniface.
Drummond Scout group leader Helen McLeish
(right), Kea leader Veryl Marron and Western
Zone scout leader David Frew with their award.
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