As Wanaka water-sports groups announced a joint proposal for
a shared lakefront facility this week, other submitters to
the Wanaka foreshore draft reserve management plan remained
divided over built structures on lakefront reserve.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council had sought input on a
reserve management plan for all council reserves along the
Lake Wanaka foreshore, from Glendhu Bay to the Outlet Camp.
A group of lake users, including the Wanaka Rowing Club,
Wanaka Lake Swimmers Club, kayakers and multisport athletes,
submitted a proposal for a 420sq m sports facility in the
southwestern corner of Roys Bay.
The move followed repeated attempts by the rowing club to
find its own suitable lakeside site for a boat shed, which
were stymied by objections from neighbours, lake user
conflict concerns and other issues.
''It absolutely appals me the situation the [rowing] club has
found itself in,'' Mike Saunders submitted to the draft plan.
''Firstly, indecision of council and secondly, the control a
couple of people can have on a community. I support the
rowing club getting facilities in whichever is the best
location for them.''
However, lawyer Jan Caunter - submitting on behalf of several
Morrows Mead and Stoney Creek residents - said the Lake
Wanaka foreshore was Wanaka's greatest asset and had retained
its attractiveness because of its predominantly natural and
She said any future foreshore development should be focused
in areas where there was existing building infrastructure,
particularly around the Wanaka Yacht Club and Eely Point
To avoid intrusion of buildings into the foreshore area, a
rowing club facility should be built in the Wanaka
Showgrounds on the Mt Aspiring Rd-MacDougall St corner, Ms
Marjorie Cook supported a ''carefully designed structure''
built on or near the Stoney Creek reserve to provide for
organised water-sports club use.
She called for a foreshore plan that provided for ''sensitive
and limited development catering for increased future
water-sports and recreational use while protecting the
mountain views etc''.
Ross Turner said the Millennium Track and adjoining reserve
should be kept in its natural state and not leased or
''Any building close to the lake in this area would be a
major blot on a famous and beautiful landscape.''
Wanaka Yacht Club secretary Steve Dickey asked for a floating
jetty to be built in front of the clubhouse on the eastern
side of the lake and an increased clubhouse footprint for a
Coastguard boat house, showers/changing rooms and a bigger
The need for a boat ramp at Eely Point was raised by several
submitters, as was replacing the existing wharf on the
Other suggestions included boat users being levied a fee to
fund further foreshore amenities, revisiting the council's
Freedom Camping Bylaw to make provision for responsible
freedom campers, and a bylaw controlling ''antisocial
behaviour'' by SUV drivers on the lake's foreshore, in order
to protect the shoreline from associated damage.
Shane Gibson suggested a noise-emission policy for boat users
in Roys Bay and a policy around two-stroke engines which
exhaust through the water, to maintain the lake's water
He also raised the possibility of closing Helwick St between
Ardmore and Dunmore Sts to create ''an awesome area for
dining and cafes similar to what Queenstown has in the
Mr Saunders suggested closing Ardmore St between MacDougall
and Dungarvon Sts, to give a ''really attractive vehicle-free
area flowing from the park right to the lake''.
Greg Groves believed the swimming lane should be removed from
Roys Bay, apart from at peak summer.
''It's a triathlete training tool, plain and simple, not
about safely swimming in the lake, which can be achieved
anywhere with common sense.''
The Forest and Bird Society Central Otago-Lakes branch
requested the plan be extended to include Dublin Bay and that
it provide for comprehensive management and enhancement of
indigenous vegetation and comprehensive pest and weed control
on the foreshore.
QLDC staff will review the public feedback on the plan before
releasing the draft for formal public consultation in early