Chair of Central Otago Clutha Trail company (the maintenance arm of the Clutha Gold and Roxburgh Gorge trail trusts), Stephen is driven by community spirit and a desire to see his local townships grow and thrive.
Most of the trusts I have worked on have involved very special people. Their different skills and values bring great dynamics to the table. I find most people in Central enjoy working together on a project—there is a real sense of community spirit. Despite our small population base we seem to have a high number of community-minded people and to be honest, without them, initiatives like the trails simply would not happen. Many of us in the trusts and the company are out there riding the trail each week. Rod Peirce is a bit of a legend, easily spending 20 to 30 hours a week on maintenance, and the others report any issues they might come across.