The Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday stood by the
version of the proposed navigation safety bylaw it put out
for public comment.
Emails provided to the Otago Daily Times by the
council on Thursday showed council staff, while preparing the
draft bylaw, considered different versions of where 5-knot
jet-boat speed limits on the Clutha River might be
However general manager legal and regulatory Scott Carran
yesterday said the emails showed ''part of the process of
developing the bylaw''.
''There were also conversations in person and by phone, which
are not documented, which clarified the requirements.
''The bylaw which was notified reflects the totality of those
discussions and what was approved by council for
Mr Carran said there was no mistake in the way the bylaw was
The draft bylaw proposes lifting the 5-knot speed restriction
on the river between a point 2km below the lake outlet and
the Red Bridge at Luggate, allowing jet-boats to operate at
their normal speed until 10pm during daylight saving, rather
than 6pm, as at present.
Fishing groups, at a hearing on Monday, opposed any
Mr Carran said the proposed change to the speed restrictions
''was viewed by the harbourmaster and council staff as a
practical response to the use of the river each summer.
''It was included in the proposed bylaw to enable it to be
considered by the public, which is precisely what has
He also took issue with comments from Otago Fish and Game
Council environmental officer Peter Wilson, who said he
suspected the bylaw change followed pressure from jet-boat
Mr Carran said this was ''completely unfounded''.
• Mr Carran pointed out the second paragraph of the
ODT's story on Friday incorrectly referred to the
downstream termination point for the uplifting of the speed
limit to be ''3km below the Luggate Red Bridge''.
''That is not what was notified - in fact the Luggate bridge
is the proposed terminating point of the uplifted speed
limit,'' Mr Carran said.
The proposed bylaw clause was quoted fully elsewhere in the