A company wanting to station photographers at various points
in the Queenstown Bike Park within the Ben Lomond Forest has
sought permission from the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Yesterday, the council heard trail users were split between
those who supported the idea and those who did not.
Dan Egerton, of APL Property Ltd, prepared a report on behalf
of Sports Cameras Ltd which outlined the proposal and the
"The operation will involve a single staff member positioning
himself at predetermined locations within the forest at
various times of the day where they will take photographs and
videos of people riding within the park," Mr Egerton said in
The photographs would then be available to purchase. A small
kiosk would be set up and it was noted there could be an
issue around whether a commercial kiosk would impede on the
public's enjoyment of the reserve.
Concerns had also been raised about the photographer being a
distraction for riders and the subsequent potential for
accidents to occur.
"There is also the issue that members of the public should be
able to reasonably expect that they should be able to have
the free and unimpeded enjoyment of a recreation reserve.
Having a photographer taking photographs unexpected,
unrequested and at will is a limitation of that."
When considering the Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill Reserve
management plan, Mr Egerton said the main discussion point
was whether the proposal was "necessary to enable the public
to obtain the benefit and enjoyment of the reserve or for the
convenience of the persons using the reserve".
"It is unlikely that this proposal could in any way be
considered necessary, however, it could be construed that the
proposal is for the convenience of persons using the
reserve," Mr Egerton said.
Councillors agreed the proposal should be discussed with the
Queenstown Bike Park Users' Group and, pending the results of
the consultation, could be discussed again by councillors.