Hawea in spotlight with submissions to District Plan

Lake Hawea's inadequacies are under the spotlight. Credit: Wānaka Sun

Lake Hawea's poor roads, inadequate sewerage systems and water supplies were brought under scrutiny at the panel hearing submissions on the Queenstown Lakes District Council's (QLDC) proposed district plan last Thursday.

Also included were an inadequate electricity supply for Hawea and bother about the pressure from developers – all matters concerning the Hawea Community Associations submissions to the Plan.

Association member Robert White told the panel the Lake Hawea roading network was being "held together by a patchwork of minor improvements" and was "struggling to keep up with current demand".

"Almost all our main roads are too narrow to carry trucks," he said,

Despite that, milk tankers travelling to and from the West Coast passed through the township, to bypass Wānaka, including along the gravel Domain Rd which was "constantly under repair".

White said the association had been trying to get the road sealed, but the council had no funding.

Also concerning was that the consented 480-lot housing area on the edge of town would add to the infrastructure problem when construction began in January.

The association submitted that the Special Housing Area (SHA) outside the township's urban growth boundary opened the door for development to spread across the Hawea basin, and called for the existing border, which excludes the SHA, to be retained.

And it was pointed out that the household bores in the Hawea Flat area dried up when the level of Lake Hawea dropped in summer. Submitters said the Lake Hawea township needed a second reservoir.

As well, the council's proposed pipeline to take sewage from the township to Project Pure, at Wānaka Airport, was likely to be delayed because two landowners were unwilling for it to pass through their properties.

Besides, the area's electricity infrastructure was in "disrepair".

The association submitted residents would "end up funding more than their fair share" of infrastructure costs arising from the SHA.

View edition 987 of the Wānaka Sun here.


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