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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
6 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS Proudly 100% NZ owned and operated and supporting the Community since 1971. www.madbutcher.co.nz Offers valid from Mon 14th November - Sun 20th November. All Stores Open 7 Days Fresh Sliced Rump Steak Serving suggestion only $9 only .99 kilo This Week its Super Low Prices for Rump Steak & Lean Premium Beef Mince! Save $7kg off our everyday low price! $9 only .99 kilo Lean Premium Beef Mince Save $4kg off our everyday low price! UPPER HUTT -- 2 minutes north of the City Centre on Fergusson Drive PH 526 4581 4141315AB Trains may return to Incline By AMY JACKMAN The Rimutaka Rail Trail and Tunnel Gully may once again be home to a working railway line between Maymorn and the Rimu- taka Summit. If the plan goes ahead, a new walkway and cycle track will be built alongside. Greater Wellington Regional Council has received an appli- cation from the Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust to reconstruct and operate the old fell railway. The trust proposes building a new railway on the site of the old track, which was used until the Rimutaka tunnel was opened in 1955. The old railway route is now a popular walking and cycling track. The Rimutaka Incline Railway Heritage Trust's chairman Hugh McCracken says building a new walkway is an essential part of their proposal. Options are being developed for various locations, as required to suit the various current uses of the walkway, which include walk- ing, running, cycling and horse- riding.'' Mr McCracken says the new walkway will be of the same stan- dard as the current one and will be built ahead of the railway to ensure access will not be limited for current users of the track. The new walkway will go around or over the tunnels, which will be solely for the use of the trains. Cycling Advocates Network project manager Patrick Morgan says a way for the train and cur- rent users to share the space is essential, but he is concerned what impact the project will have for current users of the track. The Rimutaka Trail, with 80,000 visitors a year, is one of the most popular in the region. It's hard to see how the train proposal wouldn't have a major impact during construction or operation,'' he says. It's hard to imagine how any new walkway would be as good as the existing trail. A major feature of the Rimu- taka Trail is that it follows the historic railway line, on a comfort- able gradient. In particular, we are concerned that the proposed new walkway would go around or over the tunnels. It's hard to see how this wouldn't be bad for this popular mountainbiking and cycle touring route.'' Greater Wellington Regional Council's development manager Murray Kennedy says the appli- cation will be assessed by GWRC officers using criteria laid out in the Parks Network Plan. GWRC's Social and Cultural Wellbeing Committee will discuss the proposal on Wednesday, November 23 and the report is expected to go in front of the full council for a decision on December 15. Finn recording date for Velvet Regime Future rock stars: The cherry on top of Velvet Regime's Best Song Award in the Smokefreerockquest was a recording date at Neil Finn's Roundhead Studios in Auckland. Band frontman Nigel Martinez, of Trentham, said the band got an all-expenses-paid trip to Auckland to have their award-winning song There is a light professionally recorded and have a video shot. The group briefly met the man himself. The band appeared in the Smokefree Rockquest final, which screened last Saturday afternoon on C4. Velvet Regime are, from left, Jason Reder, Hutt Valley High School, Stefan Poad and Nigel Martinez and Joel Averes, all of Naenae College. Nigel said they take their inspiration from The Strokes, Kings of Leon, the Beatles and Interpol. Their next gig is in December at Wellington's St James where they will play at the Youth Awards. Photo: JIM CHIPP
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