Concerns from the Wanaka community about a perceived lack
of progress on the town's sports facility project have been
partially addressed by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
A ''Respect Wanaka'' campaign launched this week has
questioned the slow progress on the sports facility and
several submitters to this year's annual plan spoke of
''There's been a perception that there's nothing happening
with it and indeed there is a lot happening with it,'' QLDC
chief executive Adam Feeley said.
The council had completed a design peer review of the
facility and appointed an external project manager several
months ago to drive the next stages of the development, which
is to be sited on land at Three Parks and North Three Parks.
The project manager is RCP, which previously managed the
upgrade of Eden Park and AMI Stadium in Christchurch, and had
involvement in the development of Remarkables Park in
Mr Feeley said the peer review, undertaken by Warren &
Mahoney Architecture, highlighted the need for some modest,
but important changes to ensure the facility was
future-proofed for significant growth in Wanaka.
The council had reached a point where it wanted to
''accelerate faster'' than what was originally agreed with
the developers, as its design review and project plan
identified a need for some additional land, and earlier title
and access to the existing land.
''The agreement with the developers contemplates title and
access to the land being finalised in March 2016. And we're
saying no, we want to be opening the facility in March 2016
so we will need to get access and title to the land earlier
''While we do not currently have this agreed with the
developers, we are confident that they will work
constructively with us to ensure that a project of this
importance to the Wanaka community is not delayed.
''It's an anchor project for their development so we think
it's in their best interests to work with us to deliver that
Mr Feeley hoped earthworks would begin in the second half of
The $16.7 million sports facility development in Wanaka is
one of the most significant projects in the council's 10-year
plan, with the first stage including indoor courts, tennis
courts, and two sports fields.
Further stages include the development of an aquatic facility
and expansion of the indoor courts.
Provided an agreement with the developers was secured, the
QLDC expected concept designs for the facility to be
available to the public before Christmas.