Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is seeking feedback to help shape some proposed changes for Wanaka’s lakeside area. Starting early this month, Wanaka residents can share their ideas on a concept plan for stage three of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan through an online survey or drop-in sessions.
Stage three, which is the lakeside stage, will see design and construction from where Bullock Creek meets Lake Wanaka, along the edge of Lakeside Road and through to the marina. Possible features in the concept plan are designed to follow the Lakefront Development Plan’s ‘four big moves,’ which include the option for 300 metres of native revegetation planting along the lake’s edge. These were defined through community consultation in 2016.
Thunes Cloete, QLDC general manager of community services, said it was exciting to see some of the potential features up for debate in the current concept plan. “As a starting point, we’ve got a great mix of options to deliver on restoring and developing ecology, providing continuous access, improving land use and providing a range of community facilities,” said Cloete. “We appreciate the feedback we’ve received from initial conversations held with stakeholders and our Treaty partners regarding this Concept Plan, as it’s given us confidence that this plan is heading in the right direction.”
Te Rūnanga o Ōtākou Upoko Edward Ellison said Kāi Tahu rūnaka were generally supportive of the broad concept plan. “We are looking forward to the next stage given the significance of the lake to the seven rūnaka who are mana whenua in Wānaka” said Ellison.
Cloete said he encourages everyone to attend the Lakeside Concept Plan drop-in sessions in order to ask questions, share feedback and learn more about the big moves that will drive stage three.
The first session is on August 8 at 6pm at Lake Wanaka Centre; visit QLDC’s website for a complete schedule. To submit your feedback directly, visit letstalk.qldc.govt.nz or drop into the Council’s Ardmore Street office for a survey. Public feedback closes on August 18 at 5pm.