Vote on consultation about park changes

The process to open up the foreshore for commercial activities at one of Queenstown’s parks is under way.

Councillors will be asked to approve public consultation and the commencement of a partial review of the Queenstown Bay Foreshore Reserves Management Plan 2016 at tomorrow’s Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting.

The partial review will consider potential new commercial activities in a defined area of the St Omer Park Recreation Reserve, and include a potential new commercial licence area immediately west of the Brunswick St stormwater outflow, provided there is an associated benefit to public users of the reserve.

Council community general manager Thunes Cloete said the reserves management plan did not allow commercial activities in this part of the St Omer Park reserve.

The area was for passive recreation activities and the enjoyment of the lake’s edge.

‘‘We recognise that St Omer Park Recreation Reserve is a significant space for many of our community members, whether that be for simply enjoying the natural space and taking in the lakeside views, for pedestrians commuting to and from the town centre, or for those making the trip to Sunshine Bay,’’ Dr Cloete said.

The recommendation going before councillors is to approve the matter for public consultation.

The partial review follows a request from Hydro Attack Limited, as the company seeks to establish a new commercial wharf and associated facilities in Queenstown Bay in Lake Wakatipu.

Dr Cloete said it was imperative people shared their thoughts on the review and helped to shape any potential change to the reserves management plan.

Submissions are expected to open at 9am on August 9 and close on September 10.

It will then go to a hearing before any decision is made by council to change the plan.

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