The Matakana Coast Trails Trust played host to the board and senior staff from the NZ Walking Access Commission last month, giving a tour of walking and cycling paths in the region and discussing plans for future connectivity.
The Commission, which is the government agency responsible for public access to the outdoors, has been working with the Trust in recent months to help ensure that public access is at the forefront of planning for the future of the Rodney area. Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said he was inspired by the work of the Trust, led by Rodney Local Board member Allison Roe.
“It’s vital that as population grows rapidly in this part of Auckland, the creation of legal public access to beaches, rivers, and between communities, is as much a part of the planning process as the laying of pipes and power. Trust members took their guests to a variety of spots by car, bike and foot, including Matakana, Snell’s Beach, Point Wells, Baddelys and Campbells beaches, and Omaha.
As well as locals involved in building trails, the group were joined for discussions by Rodney MP Mark Mitchell and local experts in tourism and planning. “The Rodney area offers stunning views, great people and beautiful nature,” said Eric Pyle.
“We were thrilled to see the work that’s underway to make the benefits of Rodney accessible to more people.”