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A social impact assessment for the Queenstown and Wanaka communities would be carried out to...
Wanaka Airport. Photo: ODT files
Threatened legal action related to the proposed redevelopment of Wanaka Airport was described yesterday by Wanaka Chamber of Commerce chairwoman Bridget Legnavsky as "premature, costly and counterproductive".

Wanaka Stakeholders Group chairman Michael Ross announced on Thursday the group would apply to the High Court this week for a judicial review of the Queenstown District Council's (QLDC) 100-year lease last year of the airport to the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC).

In a statement yesterday, Ms Legnavsky called for "calm" while the QLDC undertook independent social and economic impact assessments, and a spatial plan for the district was prepared.

"This information will also help shape the draft master plan for Wanaka Airport, at which point our community will be able to have a robust discussion with QAC through the next round of community engagement.

Bridget Legnavsky
Bridget Legnavsky
"We are urging the Wanaka community to be patient, to respect the process that now must take place and understand that we will have the chance to have more say on the draft master plan as soon as is practicable."

Ms Legnavsky said the "negative sentiment in the community and the combative nature of opposition is deeply concerning.

"The conflict that's going on in the community at the moment is disturbing."

Stakeholders group chairman Michael Ross responded that the chamber was "severely misreading" the tone of community reaction.

"We have nearly 3000 members ... who have been calmly asking for more information and transparency from council for months.

"This is not a conflict as the chamber claims; it's a cry from the community for inclusivity, transparency and involvement."


The QAC doesnt create the growth, if our population grows and tourist numbers increase it doesnt matter if individuals arrive or live in Queenstown, Wanaka or Invercargill & Dunedin.

We might not have noise issues from the planes if the airports planned catering for growth is stymied (isnt it ironic that the one organisation actually focused on planning for growth is the focus of so much attention ) but the roads will be even more congested along with all the other infrastructure.



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