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She said rather than organising a clean-up only to have the shore swamped with driftwood again, the council was encouraging people to stock up their firewood supply, then a clean-up would be organised.
''We want to make sure we are applying value for money and only having to do it once,'' Ms Miller said.
She added: ''We do need the water to go down a little bit'' before a clean-up could occur.
''Traditionally, locals have gone and boosted their winter supply, which makes perfect sense.''
cleaning up was needed sooner rather than later because of the Challenge Wanaka event this weekend.
QLDC harbourmaster Marty Black was at Lake Wanaka yesterday.
About 200m of the Roys Bay lakefront was tidied by Mr Black's waterway patrol team on Tuesday evening, clearing the area to be used for the swimming leg of the Challenge Wanaka event on Saturday.
Debris was then gathered from the popular stretch of foreshore (pictured above) between the Log Cabin and Bullock Creek yesterday afternoon.
''It's public reserve. It gets a lot of use,'' Mr Black said.