30-year plan sought for Hawea

Lake Hawea. Photo: ODT files
Lake Hawea. Photo: ODT files
Lake Hawea residents have called for the creation of a 2050 "visionary" plan for the town, but there is some confusion about how that will happen.

At the Queenstown Lakes District Council's long-term plan hearing of submissions in Wanaka on Wednesday, both the Hawea Community Association and Keep Hawea Beautiful called on the council to provide the community with funding to set up a task force to develop a plan for Hawea over the next 30 years.

However, the amount of funding they asked for differed significantly.

In his submission, Keep Hawea Beautiful founder Tim Ryan asked the council to include in its plan a funding allocation of $2.4million over the next decade to go to the community association in order "to set up a community task force to investigate and develop a strategic plan for the growth of Hawea".

The group was founded earlier this year and has strongly opposed a proposal from developer Lane Hocking for a 1000-section Special Housing Area in Hawea.

Mr Ryan said a community-developed long-term plan would help stop developer-driven planning in the district.

Later, Hawea Community Association chairman Paul Cunningham and committee member Jennifer Rumore also called for the development of a 2050 strategic plan for Lake Hawea, but asked for just $2000 to implement it.

The disparity between the two numbers seemed to perplex councillors.

When asked by Cr Ross McRobie whether the association knew about Mr Ryan's request, Mr Cunningham said he "hadn't a clue".

"We have had contact with Keep Hawea Beautiful but that's the first I've heard of the size [of their funding request]," he said.

Ms Rumore believed the two groups had separate visions.

"They're looking at a much broader plan. We're just talking about the Hawea community plan, similar to what has already been done. Their plan is for the whole geographical area of Hawea."

Cr Scott Stevens suggested the association organise a forum with Shaping Our Future to establish a long-term vision for the community, and pointed to recent examples of that having success in both Arrowtown and Glenorchy.

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