Following the WCB workshop meeting late in March, the draft Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Management Plan (WLRMP) was notified recently, with a one month period for lodging submissions to close on 5th May. This draft plan can be found on the QLDC website home page, or a copy can be requested at the Ardmore Street office.
The WWFT steering group has been working on a submission in support of the general vision and outcomes of the draft plan, as well as addressing specific policies that would further our ultimate goal of a facility on the waterfront to cater to non-motorised watersports. The short submission period means that the we need to work quickly to encourage as many people as possible to put pen to paper and record their support for the project.
To ensure that all bases are covered in the submission, we have engaged a planner and planning lawyer to work on the Trust's behalf, and, to make sure that we get our message out to the community at large, we are also working with a local public relations company. The Trust's intention has always been to be transparent and communicative with both supporters and opponents of the proposal, and we welcome comments via our website contact page: (http://www.wanakawatersports.co.nz/contact.html).
An important point is that while the specific building is not what is under consideration in the current public consultation process, we want to give people some idea of what is to be proposed in the longer term. When adopted by Council, the final version of the WLRMP may allow for 'building' on the Roys Bay reserve, but the Trust will still have to apply for a Resource Consent for 'the building'. This will give the public another opportunity to support or oppose the proposal.
Plans, elevations and a perspective of the concept building (still at sketch stage), along with a geotechnical report, arborist's preliminary report and landscape plan, are all available for viewing on the website. Our submission will also be posted once it has been lodged with the QLDC.
Animation Research Ltd are still working on the fly-around animation, and the Trust looks forward to having this available in the near future.
A new member of the steering group is Andrea Murray, representing the multi-sport fraternity. Andrea has a wide range of sporting contacts and is a very welcome addition to the group.
Donations to a foundation fund have been received from the Wanaka Lake Swimmers and the Wanaka Rowing Club, as well as from a number of individuals. While most of the professional work on the project to date has been done on a pro bono basis, there are some bills for specific services (most charged at a reduced rate). We greatly appreciate the willingness of many people to contribute their time, labour and dollars to the project. The Trust looks to widen the membership of this Foundation Club in the coming months.