A decade after Lakes Leisure was formed, and five years after
Lakes Environmental began, both organisations were absorbed
into the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) yesterday
with little fanfare.
A decision to create a $375,000 council events fund and a
panel to consider applications prompted Queenstown Lakes
Mayor Vanessa van Uden to remind councillors they served the
entire district, not separate townships within it.
There are some Arrowtown residents who fundamentally oppose
an affordable housing development in the small village, but
others who made submissions against a housing proposal are
being offered a compromise.
Developer contributions set by the Queenstown Lakes District
Council are continuing to stifle development in Wanaka, and
especially Hawea, the council heard at its annual plan
submission hearing in Wanaka yesterday.