Helping a community secure investment and enhance road safety
Paparoa Track is Aotearoa’s newest Great Walk, constructed by the Department of Conservation for hikers and mountain bikers. It crosses the Paparoa Range and connects the town of Blackball to Punakaiki and once completed, to the site of the former Pike River Mine via the Pike29 Memorial Track.
Blackball didn’t have the infrastructure to support a large increase in visitors; of particular concern was the width and condition of Croesus Road which provides access to the Track, and the growth in visitors and the types of vehicles using the road would increase the safety risk for all road users.
Our job was to work closely with the community and other key stakeholders to identify problems, opportunities, and benefits, understand their investment story, and develop a strategic case for investment to support access to the Track. This yielded $3.5 million of central government funding.
We also prepared an indicative business case to find potential options to address problems and enhance opportunities. Further refinement through multi-criteria and economic analyses resulted in a recommended package of works that ensured the Council could fund it and met the needs and aspirations of the community.
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