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Pathway between Wanganui and Upokongaro proposed

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A proposed pathway between Wanganui and Upokongaro would enhance existing urban pathways and form part of the 'Mountains to Sea' section of the national cycleway, Mayor Annette Main said today.

"The proposal is to develop an 8km shared pathway for pedestrians and cyclists between the Aramoho rail bridge and the Upokongaro jetty which would link to existing pathways," Mayor Main said.

"Horizons Regional Council prepared designs and costs for the proposed pathway and these were presented to our Infrastructure and Property Committee last week.

"The pathway would mostly run alongside the Whanganui River and could be built in stages. It would be made of shellrock with bridging, walls and elevated structures in some places.

"It would be a great addition to our network of shared pathways for both our community and our visitors, and links really well with the national cycleway concept. There are increasing activities on and alongside the river.

"The Infrastructure and Property Committee has recommended that the Council forms a Upokongaro Shared Pathway Project Team and becomes the lead agency for the project. That would mean involving Iwi, other agencies and community representatives in exploring the project and pulling funding streams together. There are opportunities for external funding for this project which is estimated to cost $1.16M."

The Infrastructure and Property Committee's recommendations will be considered at the Council's meeting on October 3.

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