Walkway to river mouth study complex, exciting and significant

EDITORIAL

The announcement that a study will be held to see if it is possible to extend the Oneroa walkway all the way to the Waipaoa River mouth is extremely exciting because this is a project that could do more for the district’s image than almost anything else.

Gisborne District Council has appointed the Isthmus Group to undertake the study to determine options for land use in the area from the Waikanae Stream out to river mouth.

The study would build on the beachfront walk and cycle ways to see how the land is used to find out what is suitable for the rest of the area, says GDC planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher-Swann.

It is going to be a complex task. The land out to the river mouth from The Pipe car park to the river mouth is privately owned by the Kopututea Trust which has generously allowed the public to use it for many years. The Trust would rightly expect to be involved in any discussions.

The study will also involve things like the old gaol in Churchill Park which was the subject of comments at a recent council meeting, as well as council recreation areas like Watson Park and Awapuni Playground.

Although it will not be involved in this study, the council has signalled it wants to eventually rezone the Awapuni area where light industry was allowed in the early 60s, although that project seems to have stalled at present

The potential is immense. Locals have looked with envy at the way that Napier has developed the pathways along its foreshore.

The success of the Oneroa walkway and the one leading to it has been beyond expectations. It has just collected its second national award at the New Zealand Recreation Association conference in Queenstown.

Developing this foreshore area would be a boost for both tourism and the lifestyle quality this region can offer.

The Isthmus group has been involved in a similar project in New Plymouth and while its expertise will be appreciated, this is a topic in which the whole Gisborne community will want a say.

The announcement that a study will be held to see if it is possible to extend the Oneroa walkway all the way to the Waipaoa River mouth is extremely exciting because this is a project that could do more for the district’s image than almost anything else.

Gisborne District Council has appointed the Isthmus Group to undertake the study to determine options for land use in the area from the Waikanae Stream out to river mouth.

The study would build on the beachfront walk and cycle ways to see how the land is used to find out what is suitable for the rest of the area, says GDC planning and development group manager Nedine Thatcher-Swann.

It is going to be a complex task. The land out to the river mouth from The Pipe car park to the river mouth is privately owned by the Kopututea Trust which has generously allowed the public to use it for many years. The Trust would rightly expect to be involved in any discussions.

The study will also involve things like the old gaol in Churchill Park which was the subject of comments at a recent council meeting, as well as council recreation areas like Watson Park and Awapuni Playground.

Although it will not be involved in this study, the council has signalled it wants to eventually rezone the Awapuni area where light industry was allowed in the early 60s, although that project seems to have stalled at present

The potential is immense. Locals have looked with envy at the way that Napier has developed the pathways along its foreshore.

The success of the Oneroa walkway and the one leading to it has been beyond expectations. It has just collected its second national award at the New Zealand Recreation Association conference in Queenstown.

Developing this foreshore area would be a boost for both tourism and the lifestyle quality this region can offer.

The Isthmus group has been involved in a similar project in New Plymouth and while its expertise will be appreciated, this is a topic in which the whole Gisborne community will want a say.

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