Wanaka Watersports: Building or no building?

Location of proposed building. Photo: Nikki Heath / Wanaka Sun

From Wanaka Sun (page 2) 6 - 12 April 2017

Trust waits for decision

It is now a waiting game for the Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust (WWFT) to hear the outcome of the Environment Court appeal.

The hearing took place last week over three and a half days before a judge and two commissioners.

WWFT received resource consent approval in July 2016 to erect a 420sqm building on the lake shore near Stoney Creek to provide storage for boats, a gym with 12 rowing machines, toilets and changing rooms with access boardwalks to enable better accessibility.

An appeal was lodged in August 2016 by Wanaka Hawea Reserves Trust and Save Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Society.

Wanaka Hawea Reserves Trust member Alan Cutler said,

“I could not help but note no politicians managed to pop in to observe proceedings. This is a pity as a number of them may have/should have learned something. They were, after all, complicit with this case going all the way to the Environment Court.”

WWFT chairman Michael Sidey said the hearing went really well.

“From the WWFT point of view the witnesses were exceptional. We were really pleased with their presentation.”

The decision is expected within the next two months.

“We couldn’t have done a better job than we have. We can walk away knowing we’ve done the best we could for Wanaka,” Michael said.

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