I am very pleased to report that applications for funding to go towards paying for the construction and materials for the boardwalks and foot bridges for the walking track from Boyes beach to the Dept of Conservation camp have been very generously supported by several charitable funding agencies. Grants have been made by the following: First Sovereign Trust Ltd $5,000.00; The Southern Trust $20,000; Four Winds Foundation Ltd $10,000 and Rotorua Energy Charitable Trust $50,000 - a total of $85,000. Our thanks go to each of these funding agencies for their very generous support which is much appreciated. Along with money that has been saved from the management of the Millar Road, Department of Conservation camp, we now have sufficient funds to complete all of the work required for the track.
Currently the Lake Okareka Walking Track Committee is working on a building contract which will need to be signed off by the approved builder, the LOCA Committee and checked through by the Department of Conservation. We hope to get that all completed before Christmas so that the builder can order the materials and be ready to begin work on the professionally constructed parts of the track early in 2016.
We are aware that many people are already using the track, even though it is still under construction. Please be careful when using it, especially areas where you have to cross a small stream, or where volunteers are working. Once the builder begins work there may be areas that you will not be able to use at times. Please be aware that the track is still under construction and obey any signage or safety tapes or barriers that may be put up.
There is still much work to be done, and any volunteer help with the project is most welcome. We look forward to the completion of this project in 2016.
On behalf of Lake Okareka Walking Track