Hawea Community Interactive Meeting

At a public meeting held by the Hawea Community Association (HCA) at the Lake Hawea Community Centre on 11 May, around 100 community members discussed four important topics. The key views which emerged are as follows:

WANAKA AIRPORT EXPANSION
Residents would like to enjoy the benefits of the convenience of flights to and from Wanaka; however this was clearly over-ridden by the larger concerns around the impact on lifestyle, environment and infrastructure. There was support for being able to fly to and from Wanaka airport on turbo prop ATR type aircraft on regular scheduled flights to regional destinations. However, there was not clear support for jet aircraft. There was some support for a broader region response to airports, involving greater use of Dunedin and Invercargill airports.

Significant concern was expressed regarding the wider infrastructure needs of the Upper Clutha (with the indication that infrastructure needs should be in place for the current levels of residents/visitors, let alone the future needs). A key concern was that the cost of infrastructure fell to ratepayers (and that the visitor tax proposed by QLDC would be far from sufficient). The community needs much more information on issues such as flight paths; national strategy for visitor numbers; broader infrastructure needs and how they would be funded (roading; three waters; accommodation for visitors and workers, transport).

Significant concern was also raised about the noise and physical pollution of an expanded airport with a view that it should aim to be zero carbon. Concern was also expressed regarding “over-tourism” in the region. How these various matters would be managed, to the residents satisfaction, needs to be addressed before there is any airport expansion.

Many Hawea residents would welcome a regular shuttle bus from Hawea to the Queenstown Airport.

CAPELL AVE SHOPPING ZONE AND BODKIN STREET RESERVE

Overall the community was favourable to supporting options of “integrating” the Bodkin street reserve into the Capell Ave shopping zone. Some form of “U” shape that was open to the front, 100% green space, publically useable and accessible, received widespread support. An integrated reserve would need to be able to support a regular (weekly) market place; and be in addition to space provided by the developer for outdoor commercial space. However, there were also reservations about moving Bodkin St Reserve to within the commercial development because of perceived conflict with general use and also market use.

Rather, some people wanted to see it enhanced and integrated where it is. The Community requests that plans be seen and further discussion held with the developer to consider how integration might best be achieved. It may well include a contribution from the developer to extend the green space. The objective would be to ensure that a reserve area resulted in improved amenity value to the Community as a whole. The Community wants to be involved in the decision making. The Community would like to see the development as a point of difference destination with specialty character.

Ideas for tenants included: (presumes redevelopment of Sailz): Restaurant; café; organic food outlet; space for consulting rooms/medical/plunket services; bakery; hairdresser; small supermarket; art gallery; gift shop; newsagent/ bookshop, post office; shared working space; hardware; Facilities: Public toilets with baby changing facility and access; ATM

AVOID: franchises such liquorland or franchised fast food

PROPOSED DISTRICT PLAN
There was unanimous support for the Urban Growth Boundary to be contained North of Cemetery road, and West of Muir Rd. Township zoning did not need to be extended. This would be kept under review at each review of the PDP; but did not need to move within the foreseeable future. The building of Residential Flats should be permitted within the Urban Growth Boundary. The rules around height; land coverage, tree prohibitions etc should be retained along with the rule regarding hedge heights. The need to ensure that new developments have good sized parks and that QLDC consider developer contributions by way of reserve land. The Community shared a variety of views on the issue of section size. However, overall there was a clear preference for allowing smaller sections of around 500sqm. Multi-dwellings per lot should also be permitted (such as apartments; units or town houses). But it was important that all dwellings allow for at least two off-street parking areas.

The feeling was that the community wanted to allow for a good variety of dwellings in the area within the Urban Growth Boundary and especially to allow elderly people to stay as an integrated part of the town by allowing them to live in smaller dwellings with less land to care for.

Concerns were deeply held about the current poor quality of infrastructure and the importance that infrastructure be fit for purpose and keep pace with growth of the town. There was clear support for dealing with waste water/sewerage locally; with green solutions being supported. The Community did not want waste water/sewerage transported across the Clutha River to “Project Pure”.

Sense of Community and the environment should come ahead of economic growth.

There is a need for public transport in the Upper Clutha and urban sprawl is not seen as the way forward; as protection of arable land is important. Developers and Council should not override the community’s wishes.

CELL TOWERS
The community members at the meeting determined that they did not want/need cell towers within residential areas. These views stemmed from both health and visual impact concerns. The introduction of data streaming services via optical fibre this month and the already existing availability of VDSL meant the Community felt enough options were available to them. A show of hands demonstrated the good majority of households would connect to fibre and only two or three households would subscribe to Spark sport.

LET US KNOW YOUR VIEWS
The Hawea Community Association wishes to continue to hear from Hawea residents and rate payers to enable it to meet its aims:
a. To promote the wellbeing and sustainable development of the Hawea district.
b. To foster values and actions consistent with a cohesive nurturing community.
c. To safeguard the interests of residents and ratepayers.
d. To represent members in dealing with national and local authorities, corporations, companies, organisations and individuals.
e. To improve and beautify the environs of Hawea.

Contact the Hawea Community Association via email: hcachairperson@gmail.com
or post: P O Box 53, Lake Hawea, 9345