Footpath on wrong side

LETTER

Why hasn’t Te Araroa got its Anzac banners yet GDC? All the other rural towns have theirs.

Also, contractors are currently extending the existing footpath, by the public toilets, to go towards the pohutukawa tree. Is this going to be viable? I can’t see it being utilised by the locals, or visitors to the town.

Most people walk on the opposite side, from the shopping area to the pohutukawa tree.

There was no community consultation with this.

The better option would have been to upgrade the existing footpath on the opposite side, and extend it to the pohutukawa tree.

Philly “Straight Outta Te Araroa”

Footnote from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield:

To clarify, this project is being funded by the NZ Transport Agency, not Gisborne District Council.

NZTA is spending $700,000 to upgrade the Te Araroa rest area and several others along State Highway 35 between Gisborne and Opotiki.

The project was identified in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan, and will provide both safety and tourism benefits when completed at the end of June 2018.

Sites at Tolaga Bay Reserve, Tokomaru Bay playground and Te Araroa will be upgraded to fully-serviced rest areas. Picnic areas will also be installed at Makorori South and Tikitiki, and lay-by areas built at the Ruatoria and Anaura Bay turn-offs. Each site will feature an information board showcasing the “first light” branding, a brief history of the area and details about tourism attractions and local amenities.

Why hasn’t Te Araroa got its Anzac banners yet GDC? All the other rural towns have theirs.

Also, contractors are currently extending the existing footpath, by the public toilets, to go towards the pohutukawa tree. Is this going to be viable? I can’t see it being utilised by the locals, or visitors to the town.

Most people walk on the opposite side, from the shopping area to the pohutukawa tree.

There was no community consultation with this.

The better option would have been to upgrade the existing footpath on the opposite side, and extend it to the pohutukawa tree.

Philly “Straight Outta Te Araroa”

Footnote from Tairawhiti Roads general manager Dave Hadfield:

To clarify, this project is being funded by the NZ Transport Agency, not Gisborne District Council.

NZTA is spending $700,000 to upgrade the Te Araroa rest area and several others along State Highway 35 between Gisborne and Opotiki.

The project was identified in the Tairawhiti Economic Action Plan, and will provide both safety and tourism benefits when completed at the end of June 2018.

Sites at Tolaga Bay Reserve, Tokomaru Bay playground and Te Araroa will be upgraded to fully-serviced rest areas. Picnic areas will also be installed at Makorori South and Tikitiki, and lay-by areas built at the Ruatoria and Anaura Bay turn-offs. Each site will feature an information board showcasing the “first light” branding, a brief history of the area and details about tourism attractions and local amenities.

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