A proposal by Remarkables Primary School to transform and
occupy a section of adjoining reserve land for sports
activities has been considered worthwhile by the Queenstown
Lakes District Council.
Cr Jude Battson, during yesterday's community services
committee meeting, labelled it a "splendid idea" and both Lex
Perkins and Russell Mawhinney agreed it would be a good use
of the land.
However, although not in opposition to the idea, Cr Simon
Stamers-Smith raised concerns that if the proposal was not
subject to extensive consultation there would be "inherent
"I think you should be very careful in putting this
together," Cr Stamers-Smith said.
He recalled a case elsewhere in the country, where a similar
proposal was instigated and neighbouring residents sought an
injunction over the constant activities.
The school proposed bookings for the field could be managed
by Lakes Leisure for times when the school did not need it.
"Given that Remarkables Primary School will not be using the
field all year, it has been suggested that if the proposal is
approved, that Lakes Leisure manage the field for bookings
during weekends, public holidays and school holidays," it
The council's community services committee chairwoman, Cath
Gilmour, said the council had to clarify this was not setting
a "precedent" for the public to gain council-owned land. It
should firmly establish irrigation, repairs and maintenance
would be at the school's cost, "because they are basically
getting the use of it [the reserve] for $1 a year".
Major earthworks would have to be undertaken, for which the
school would need resource consent, since the proposed works
were larger than permissible in the rural general zone.
The school would inform residents of the proposal via a mail
drop and the council advised that the information should
detail both the proposal and licence conditions.