Allan Turner remembered

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A passionate advocate for walkways and community connection was fittingly remembered in a ceremony today at the future site of a walkway that will link Tamahere and Matangi.

WDC ceo Gavin Ion, right, talks to family, friends and workmates of Allan Turner
WDC ceo Gavin Ion, right, talks to family, friends and workmates of Allan Turner

Around 30 people – family, friends, workmates and community members and representatives – gathered to remember the late Allan Turner, a long-serving Waikato District Council environment planner, who died in March 2012.

The service was held on Tamahere’s Woodcock Rd which by mid-2014 will be linked to Matangi’s Fuschia Lane by the Allan Turner Walkway.

Council chief executive Gavin Ion recalled Allan as a passionate advocate for walkways and other community facilities and a great advocate for community engagement, at the gathering attended by Turner family members, Mayor Allan Sanson, deputy mayor Dynes Fulton, Tamahere councillor Wally Hayes, Tamahere Community Committee members and friends and fellow WDC staff members of Allan’s.

“He was the driving force behind the walkway network incorporated in the Tamahere Structure Plan. He developed very strong relationships with the Tamahere community and others,” Ion said.

“His willingness to engage, to listen and to take on board community views were all strong character traits which were appreciated by the community.”

The Tamahere Community Committee asked for the contribution Allan made to the community to be recognised by having a walkway named after him.

An artists impression of the Allan Turner Memorial Bridge
An artists impression of the Allan Turner Memorial Bridge

The Allan Turner Walkway will include a timber bridge spanning the Mangaharakeke stream to link the Tamahere and Matangi communities.

The council expects the walkway to be constructed by mid-2014 with the first step being engineering investigations followed by a tender process for the $250,000 project.

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