The Rail Trail Project has been discussed over the years and due to the enthusiasm for rail trails, our local one in the Coromandel and Piako areas has been started and is going ahead now with the help of the dollar for dollar subsidy from the District.
This is the crew who erected the first one up between Kopu and Miranda.
There has since been another one completed at an old cowshed between Matamata and Te Aroha. They are just waiting for the bases to be finished so this one can be lifted and shifted to the site.
There will be shelters from Miranda right through to Matamata plus a branch trail going out to Waihi.
Our District Governor, Ross Pinkham, sent all clubs a challenge to have a planned Extravaganza Event to substitute for not being able to have our annual conference this year.
The Area 4 Rotary Clubs (Thames, Paeroa, Morrinsville, and Te Aroha) plus Matamata, and Tokoroa took this to the extreme and had a great time building more of the shelters for the Rail Trail which runs from Miranda Hot Springs, through Thames, Paeroa, Waihi, Te Aroha to Matamata.
What a great day was had by all.
There were more than 35 Rotarians on-site and the fellowship and comradery were excellent. They managed to put in a lot of work on a further three more shelters.
 Let’s hope we have more of these great gatherings.
If anyone is interested in helping to get this project finished, Rotarians meet there on a Tuesday to work on the shelters. Contact Warren Sly from the Thames Rotary Club.