‘It will be wonderful for the kids’

    (From left) Invercargill City Council Parks planning manager Lesley McCoy, Southroads contract manager Jordan Michels, Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, Otatara community organiser Penny Ivey and Mr Gostelow's niece Glenys (Larby) Hawkes gather for the sod turning at the site of the new Otatara pump track, funded by a legacy from Derek Gostelow, on Monday.

    WORK is under way on Otatara’s new community pump track which honours the legacy of Otatara man Derek Gostelow and his family.

    Mr Gostelow left $90,000 in his will for the Invercargill City Council (ICC) to use for community projects within the Otatara area and community.

    After consultation, it was decided an asphalt pump (bike) track, park benches, and informal play area would be introduced to the site on the corner of Dunns and Oreti Rds.

    A pump track is a looped series of hills and banked turns for bike riders designed to maximise momentum, so riders can travel with minimal pedalling.

    Invercargill Mayor Sir Tim Shadbolt, ICC parks planning manager Lesley McCoy, Gostelow family representative Glenys (Larby) Hawkes and community petition organiser Penny Ivey, joined Southroad’s crew members at the turning of the first sod at the site on Monday.

    Sir Tim said it was a day to be celebrated.

    “It’s marvellous to see a community taking real ownership of its recreation spaces,” he said.

    Ms Ivey, who had been instrumental in the decision to build the pump track, was looking forward to the track’s completion.

    “The council listened to the community and the wait will have been worth it.”

    Ms (Larby) Hawkes was thrilled the money had gone towards something for the younger members of the community.

    “I’m so proud of the crowd out here that have pushed to have this and I think it will be wonderful for the kids.”

    On top of the Gostelow legacy fund, ICC would put $48,000 towards the project.

    The track is estimated to be ready to ride by Christmas.