Submissions Welcome - Decisions Pending

Date:
May 31, 2010

The participation of 273 residents and ratepayers in the Queenstown Lakes District Council Annual Plan process has been welcomed by QLDC chief executive Debra Lawson.

Of the submissions received on the plan, 43 individuals had opted to ‘front’ their written comments at hearings in Queenstown and Wanaka later this week.

“The submissions pose real ‘food for thought’ for elected members who are hugely conscious of cost,’ Ms Lawson said.

The proposed, average rate increase for the district was 7.95% - attracting 18 strongly worded submissions opposing that level of increase.

“But you also have a number of submissions requesting that additional funding of approximately $1.2 million be included in the plan for various purposes. Some hard decisions will need to be taken,” she said.

Many of the projects flagged through the submissions process were around public safety, including footpaths, bus shelters and the proposal to install CCTV in the Queenstown CBD.

Others centred around arts and recreation, with 32 submissions requesting that the Wanaka sports facility not be located at the Wanaka Camp Ground and Showground (support for a greenfields site) and requests to reinstate the $50,000 events fund.

Various playground requests were received and 54 submissions in favour of the $100,000 commitment to the Arrowtown-Gibbston National Cycleway Project.

“As we anticipated, mixed views on the relocation of the Queenstown Library,” Ms Lawson said.

The Council proposed a ‘cost neutral’ project to locate the library in the Pulse Fitness Gym building (fit out to be met by the landlord) to cater for future growth of the library.

“This proposal was approved by Council on the basis that it would improve the library amenity,” Ms Lawson said.

Concerns raised through submissions around amenity, access and parking at the new site could be met.

“But a number of submissions favoured leaving the library where it was…simply because they ‘liked it’,” she said. All submissions would be considered.

“Regardless of Annual Plan outcomes I would like to extend my personal thanks to those people who took the time to have their say,’ Ms Lawson said.

The hearings, which were open to the public would commence at 9.30am on Thursday at Queenstown and Friday at Wanaka.

Further deliberations would be held in the following week with the final Annual Plan scheduled for adoption on 29 June, 2010.

ENDS

For further information please contact Debra Lawson 03 441 0499.

By: Andrea Bunting