Volunteer work on the Lake Okareka Walking Track—Stage 1 from Boyes beach to the Dept of Conservation camp has continued over this summer, with almost all of the benching work on the track being now completed. Some culvert pipes have been installed in places along the track. A recent quarterly report (from 1st Dec 2105 through to end February 2016) to DOC shows an approximate total of 320 hours of volunteer work has gone into the track in those 4 months! This is a massive effort and our thanks go out to everyone who has worked in support of this project.
The contract with the builder Owen Builders from Ngongotaha has been completed. The builder will start work very soon on the timber built boardwalks along this section. Please note that while this work is underway parts of the track will be closed. The builder and LOCA does not want people walking on uncompleted timber structures. Please take notice of any warning signs, tape and safety fences that are up along the track. They are there for your safety, and we ask that you stay well away from any uncompleted structures.
Volunteer work will continue as there is much more yet to be done. Specialist fabrics will be placed in some sections to help with stopping mud from coming up through the gravel surface. LOCA is also pleased to announce the support of local timber manufacturer Verda International Ltd, who are supplying at a very good price, all of the edging timber products—various sizes of planks and timber stakes. The edging timber will hold the gravel in place that will be applied to the surface of the track that is not board walk.
So there is still lots more work to do over the coming weeks and months to get this track completed. When this section of the track is finished it will be suitable for people of all ages to walk or to go visit in wheel chairs, mobility scooters or push chairs—so all kinds of family groups will be able to use this track.
If you would like to help with this very worthwhile project, please contact Sandra Goodwin 362 8865 and I will add your name to the email list of volunteers.