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September, 2020

Tourism workers are getting stuck into building a new mountain bike
trail near Lakes Hayes Estate.
The 1.2km loop track, the brainchild of Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover
Country Community Association committee members Debbie Townsend
and Jenny Carter, is taking shape on council land between the Widgeon
Place cul-de-sac and the riverside Queenstown Trail.
Work on the trail started on September 7 and is expected to be
completed by the end of next week.
Jack Barlow, of the Queenstown Lakes District Council communications
team, says the grunt works being provided by the Workforce Alliance, a
post-Covid initiative thats employing 20 staff from AJ Hackett, Go
Orange, Canyon Swing, Ngai Tahu Tourism and Skyline to work on eight
conservation or recreation projects throughout the Wakatipu.
The alliance is being funded by the Department of Conservations Jobs
for Nature programme, and managed by City Halls parks and reserves
team, Barlow says.
Townsend says she and Carter began talking about the potential for a
bike track on the site a couple of years ago, aware parents in the
suburb wanted more activities for their kids.
A subsequent residents survey backed up their thinking, putting a bike
track at the top of
their wishlist.
She says the tracks a relatively gentle grade two, suitable for all ages,
which in one section
wends its way through trees near the Queenstown Trail.
The associations also got plans for a skills park nearby that would be
more suitable for teenaged riders.
Weve got an area in mind, and its our ultimate goal.
The communitys so lucky to be getting the work done by the
Workforce Alliance, she says.
Covids been a really horrible time for so many reasons, but this is one
of the positive
things thatve been able to happen because of it.
Barlow says the Workforce Alliance teams also working on a 1.3km
mountain bike track in

Source: Mountain Scene


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