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The Eye 18.10.12
Look out for our new Water Safety series in
The Southland Times on Mondays and Thursdays.
New Zealand's annual drowning rate is one of the worst in the developed world
and an average of 105 New Zealanders die by drowning each year. That's a shocking
statistic which needs to be reversed.
In our region we are very lucky to have the sea on our doorstep as well as an
abundance of lakes and rivers, all providing ample opportunities for water based
activities. From swimming, boating, diving, kayaking and fishing to simply tramping
along a lake or river, it's something we all take for granted. But it is important to
be aware of the potential dangers and be prepared, especially where children are
Our new Water Safety series will provide a wide range of information to help us all
take the right steps towards looking after ourselves and our families around water.
LOOK OUT NEXT WEEK:
Boating on Monday and Thursday
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LUMSDEN 03-236 6580
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PO Box 34, Winton 9741 Fax 03 236 6581
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194 Great North Road, Winton
Phone 03 236 8165 Open 9am -- 5pm
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Offering a complete service
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• Direct Drilling
All Cultivation work
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All digger & Truck work
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The Winton Walking Track
Nine beautiful homes in and around
Winton will come under the spotlight
next weekend (Sunday 28 October) as
part of a fundraising activity organised
by the Winton Rotary Club to raise funds
that will be used specifically for the
work being undertaken to complete the
Winton Walking Track.
Almost there: The Winton Walking Track is on its last
legs of completion. Photo supplied by The Winton Record
The walking track has been an amazing project
for the Club to undertake, with work beginning
back in the summer of 2010 -2011. The goal was
it would encircle Winton and could be used by
walkers of all ages, and despite several kilometres still
to complete, some of this goal has already been
achieved with many walkers frequently using it
The idea of the Walking track had its beginnings with
Locky MacGregor -- a project he brought with him to
the Winton Rotary Club when he joined it some three
Since then it has been a project of 'many parts' with
success and milestones gradually being celebrated
by Winton Rotary members.
From when the idea was presented and the
challenge accepted, work quickly began and today,
courtesy of countless working bees, hundreds of
volunteer hours, copious donations of goods and
manpower, amazing sponsorship deals and positive
responses to funding applications, along with a
commitment from many, the track is on the last
kilometres of completion.
Integral to the tracks progress has been a grant of
$50,000 from The Community Trust of Southland and
$5,000 from Pub Charity. However, one of the most
significant sources of support has been from local
businesses, which has enabled the cash component
of the project to be kept to a minimum. Businesses
and individuals have provided machinery, culverts,
fencing materials, and services freely and/or at
reduced cost to ensure progress.
One of the major aspects of the track was also
getting approval from private land owners where
construction of the track was proposed. These land
owners proved to be very supportive and readily
came on board with the project, with all requests for
easements agreed to.
Where necessary, fencing has been put in place to
provide a secure and separate track, which has also
provided protection for the land owner.
The Winton Community Board was approached to
see if it would be prepared to take over the track
once it was completed because while the Club could
construct the track, it was not in a position to be the
long term manager of the asset. Happily the Board
proved to be very supportive and agreed in principle
to take it over subject to the construction being of a
A late change has been the installation of a bridge
over the Winton Stream. The existing farm bridge
was not considered suitable for a public track so a
new one had to be erected, hence an additional cost.
To date approximately 60% of the track has been
constructed, with a late adjustment being made to
the north eastern section of the track and the
feedback and support from the community has been
very positive. The hope is that most of this work will
be finished in the 2012/13 season although at this
stage, an official completion and opening date has
not been determined.
Now the project has got this far, the Club is keen to
see it completed as soon as possible.
They look forward to the upcoming exciting
'Fabulous Home Tour', with proceeds from it
earmarked for the Winton Walkway.
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