Support for a watersports amenity

A steady stream of members of the public took the chance yesterday to find out more about the Queenstown Lakes District Council's proposed Wanaka lakefront reserves management plan.

The ''drop-in'' session was run by Wanaka Community Board chairwoman Rachel Brown and council parks manager Mike Weaver.

One of those attending was Wanaka Watersports Facility Trust chairman Michael Sidey, who wants the plan to allow a 420sq m watersports facility to be built on the edge of Roys Bay.

The trust, which is garnering support for the building from high-profile athletes and administers, provided the Otago Daily Times with emails from Olympic gold medallist Hamish Bond and others.

Mr Bond described the lake as a ''phenomenal recreational resource'' and said ''an appropriate support facility will only amplify the potential benefits to the community''.

New Zealand Olympic committee president Mike Stanley wrote the facility would become a ''highly valued'' community asset. And Southern Lakes Multisport Club president Dougal Allan expected the facility would encourage growth in watersports.

Public submissions on the plan close on June 6.

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