Cash a step forward for walkway

A project to create a walkway in the Brynderwyn Ranges, south of Whangarei, will receive funding through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission's Enhanced Access Fund.

Fifty organisations across the country applied for a portion of the $230,000 in this year's funding round. The fund contributes to the commission's goal of free, certain, enduring and practical walking access to the outdoors.

In Northland, Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust will be awarded $7641 for construction of 300 steps and accompanying signage on a new track to the top of the Brynderwyn Ranges.

Once complete, the track will link with the existing Brynderwyn and Te Araroa walkways.

Commission chief executive Mark Neeson said the new Brynderwyn track would enhance public access to the ranges for recreational walkers and outdoors enthusiasts.

"The new track through the ranges will provide better public access to a scenic and fascinating piece of Northland.

"It will link with other tracks in the Brynderwyn Ranges, providing opportunities for new walking routes through the area," Mr Neeson said.

The Mangawhai Tracks Charitable Trust is one of 22 groups in New Zealand to receive funding through this year's Enhanced Access Fund.

Other projects range from new tracks and boardwalks to bridges and signage that makes existing access routes easier for people to find.

- Northern Advocate

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