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Announcing the decision yesterday, council chief executive Mike Theelen said councillors received advice that the statement must be a matter for the new council.
It followed the August 26 decision to not accept a revised statement.
The council took legal advice which recommended any potential changes that were more than moderate could result in significant changes to existing directions and legal commitments, and should be considered outside of the period immediately prior to the election.
Meanwhile, airport board chairwoman Prue Flacks said the board wanted to be "very clear" about a perceived lack of consultation on Wanaka Airport's future.
"QAC has not at any time put out a formal proposal or plan for the future development of Wanaka Airport.
"It is therefore difficult, if not impossible, to consult on something that hasn't even been completed."
Ms Flacks said work had started on its master plan, and
the completed master plan would be shared with the community for feedback.