A project to create a shared cycleway and walkway network throughout Horowhenua, is back on track.
A shortage of skilled labour was hindering progress on the Shared Pathways project, but a dedicated engineer has now been found to manage the initiative.
Mr Taine Leader will join the Horowhenua District Council’s Roading team, to take charge of the project.
The Shared Pathways initiative will involve building on existing pathways and trails, to link the District's major communities; incorporating coastal reserves and natural features, and link Horowhenua with similar pathway networks in neighbouring districts.
Council allocated funding for the Shared Pathways network, after consultation on the Annual Plan showed public support for the project.
Council will now develop a Shared Pathways Forward Works Plan over the next 12 months.
Mr Leader says the project “will improve the current cycleway and walkway options, provide off-road connections between communities, and enhance and promote active recreational opportunities for residents and visitors.”