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Environment Court decision on cycle trail released

Southland District Council is disappointed the Environment Court has found in favour of an appeal by Fish and Game Southland against the Oreti River section of Stage Two of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail.

“On behalf of our communities in Northern Southland, I am deeply disappointed by the Environment Court decision. The economies of areas like Lumsden, Mossburn, Five Rivers, Garston and Athol are reporting significant benefits, which small business owners and locals attribute to increased visitor numbers as a direct result of the Around the Mountains Cycle trail development,” Southland District Mayor Gary Tong said.

“This is a blow not only for those communities but for the good work a large number of people have put into the development of cycle tourism throughout the country, as part of the Prime Minister’s national cycleway project.”

Council would now need to evaluate its next steps in regards to the project, Mr Tong said.

“We need to assess the findings of the Environment Court more thoroughly and complete an analysis of where we go from here in regards to the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail project.”

For further information please contact:

Mayor Gary Tong
Southland District Council
0800 732 732

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