Wanaka Sports Facility Steering Group chairman Duncan Good
stands on Wanaka land earmarked for a sports facility that
could include a new aquatic centre. Photo by Mark Price.
Wanaka swimmers are being given another chance to push
for an aquatic centre to be included in stage one of the town's
proposed new $16 million sports complex.
But, if swimmers succeed, proposed indoor facilities for
other sports are likely to be deferred.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council started a new round of
public consultation yesterday and Wanaka Sports Facility
Steering Group chairman Duncan Good told the Otago Daily
Times the aquatic centre was part of the mix.
The idea for the sports complex in the big new Three Parks
subdivision on the outskirts of Wanaka was first raised eight
Plans have never previously included an aquatic centre in
stage one, and the council does not have an aquatic centre
for Wanaka in its 10-year plan.
However, a round of public consultation in 2011 ranked an
aquatic centre as the the town's highest priority - ahead of
indoor courts, outdoor grass sports fields, outdoor courts
and an artificial turf - although swimmers have previously
said they preferred a Kellys Flat site, in Aubrey Rd, rather
than the Three Parks site.
Mr Good said as the result of that consultation, a
''footprint'' for an aquatic centre was included in the Three
Parks plan, with the centre not being constructed until
sometime after 2021.
The new round of consultation was ''about throwing the pool
in the mix and understanding what priorities the public
has'', Mr Good said.
''It's not set in stone that the pool's not part of stage
If the aquatic centre was to become part of stage one, ''you
wouldn't be able to do the actual dry-courts building as well
as the aquatic centre within the budget'', he said.
''But you could do an aquatic centre with outdoor playing
fields, artificial turf and things, with the courts to follow
at a later date in stage two.''
The steering group plans to report back to the council before
its March meeting, and Mr Good envisaged a start being made
this year on the infrastructure for the complex.
As part of the consultation process, the steering group will
hold individual meetings with sports and community groups and
an online council survey is open to the public until the end
While financial aspects of the development were not part of
the steering group's consultation, ''the other dynamic'' with
the project was the level of funding available, Mr Good said
He understood about $5 million of the budget for the complex
would come from development contributions associated with the
Three Parks subdivision and the next-door property.
However, the Government is proposing changes to the Local
Government Act that would prevent the council from using
development contributions for sports facilities - leaving
them to be funded through alternative sources such as rates.