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Section of walkway to remain permanently closed

6 Mar 2023, 1:04 PM

 

A section of walkway along the Mangaokewa Stream, which has been temporarily closed for two years, will remain permanently closed.

The 100m section, which runs along the Esplanade on the eastern side, was closed due to the instability of the retaining wall. Further investigation has determined there is no cost-effective option to repairing the wall, so the best option is to permanently close the path.

Waitomo District Council’s General Manager Infrastructure Services, Shyamal Ram says Council staff are looking at alternative options including constructing a new path nearby, however with the stream prone to flooding during heavy rain events, this could lead to ongoing maintenance and safety issues.

“In July 2022 Council was successful in obtaining funding through the Tourism Infrastructure Fund (TIF) to establish a new walkway on the western side of the Mangaokewa Stream. We have also allocated funding from the Three Waters Better Off Fund to also contribute to the project.

“Forming part of the Te Araroa Trail, the walkway will include upgrading and enhancing the walking trail that starts across from Brook Park and follows the Mangaokewa Stream riverbank through Te Kūiti.

“Planning is underway and we are looking forward to seeing this project develop and become a great asset in our community.”