The earthquake-related problems with Wanaka's community
swimming pool have disrupted progress on the controversial
plan for administering the Lake Wanaka lakeshore.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council was expected to
consider a new Wanaka lakeside reserve and lakeshore
management plan at its meeting in Wanaka on August 28.
However, the plan is now expected to go to the Wanaka
Community Board and the council at their respective meetings
Board chairwoman Rachel Brown on Wednesday told the Otago
Daily Times the delay was the result of the council staff
working on the management plan becoming involved in the
planning to solve the pool issue.
The council closed the pool last month after an engineer's
report found it met only 20% of the required standard for
Since then, the council has been considering various plans,
including upgrading the existing pool or building a new pool
in the Three Parks subdivision.
The pool options are expected to be on the agenda at the
council's August 28 meeting.
Ms Brown said the pool had been taking a lot of the time and
energy of general manager operations Ruth Stokes, and ''I
totally appreciate that''.
''And so this has gone on the backburner, but now we have to
start nudging it along a bit.''
Ms Brown was a member of the hearing committee which heard
public submissions on the management plan last month.
She said Ms Stokes was writing the plan that resulted from
''We've made most of the decisions but now it all has to be
She declined to say what decisions had been made.
The most controversial aspect of the plan was a call by
submitters for an area of land on the lakeshore at Roys Bay
to be used for a water sports facility building.
A council spokeswoman said the community board had agreed the
investigations into options and costings for the Wanaka pool
had ''higher priority for staff time''.