A call for three community representatives for the new
Queenstown Airport Liaison Committee is part of the
Queenstown Lakes District Council's confident expectation the
Queenstown Airport's noise management plan will be in place
The committee is being set up in preparation for the
Environment Court's expected final approval of Queenstown
Airport's Plan Change 35, which expands the airport's noise
boundaries to allow it to meet the anticipated growth of
passenger numbers and aircraft movements to 2037.
The council is inviting nominations to fill three community
representative positions on the nine-person committee, to be
chaired by Queenstown lawyer Jane Taylor.
The other representatives will be appointed from the council,
a scheduled airline, Airways Corporation, general aviation
users and the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC).
Committee members will be announced in October. They will
finish the noise mitigation plan, which sets out how the
airport will manage issues related to airport noise, then
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the initiative
made sure the community had a direct conduit into the
processes surrounding change at the airport and the ability
to understand and have input into change.
''The role of community representative on this committee will
be about ensuring the QAC works consultatively and
proactively with its neighbours,'' she said.
QAC chief executive Scot Paterson said the airport was
growing fast, with more people travelling to Queenstown via
''We want to make sure we look after our neighbours as we
''It has been more than five years of extensive consultation
and the establishment of the committee is the next step to
get PC35 up and running and helping the people closest to the