Council praises passionate community on Wish List

Pictured: A busy summer’s afternoon on Ardmore Street. Photo: Ulrich Lange

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has praised the formation of an online ‘Wanaka wishlist’ designed to help alleviate pressure on the town throughout its busiest periods.

Resident and Shaping Our Future board member Julie Perry posted online earlier this month encouraging locals to suggest three ways of helping to lessen the impact of the town’s visitor influx in its busy summer and winter seasons.

Recurring themes including transport and infrastructure were among the most common suggestions, which Julie plans to sit down and discuss with Councillor Quentin Smith.

QLDC communications and engagement manager Naell Crosby-Roe said that the council always welcomed and encouraged input from residents, whether it was part of a formal consultation process or a focused activity such as the current online project.

“We’re fortunate in the Queenstown Lakes District to have a very passionate community who care about their environment and their neighbours, and who are interested in seeking solutions to the challenges we all face as a district due to sustained growth and increased visitor numbers,” he said.

Naell added that there were many ways that the community could engage with The council, including direct conversation with elected members, public forums or submitting an idea as a Request for Service.

“Anyone in our community can make submissions on active consultations, annual and ten-year plans and we would encourage as many people as possible to do so. If they agree or disagree with proposals, we want to know either way, and we need to know why,” he said.

The next ten-year plan consultation runs from March 12 to April 13 and the community can provide feedback on the draft plan and engage with QLDC representatives at a number of events throughout the district.

   - By Danielle Butler

Pictured: A busy summer’s afternoon on Ardmore Street. Photo: Ulrich Lange

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