Shaping Our Future
We provide a recognised process to analyse big issues & create community action
In May 2015 over 100 Queenstown Lakes District residents attended the Shaping our Future Transport Forum in Queenstown and Wanaka.
The Upper Clutha faces its own unique transport needs and or volunteer community taskforce has prepared a report outlining a long term vision and 7 key recommendations for Land, Air and Water Transport.
The report returned to public forum in May 2017 with over 60 attendees from the Upper Clutha. We are now working on actioning the recommendations on your behalf. We've held workshops with QLDC and the Wanaka Community Board and will continue to work with the community and agencies to fulfill the vision for transport in the Upper Clutha.
In March Stage 2 of the District Plan was released for public consultation. This included Chapter 29 on Transport. It is encouraging to see the goals and objectives of the chapter mirror the views that were expressed by our community within the Transport Reports (2017). Shaping our Future submitted on the District Plan including:
a. Amend the general framework in the objectives, policies and rules to the following effect:
a. Promoting and requiring integrated strategic planning between current and future transport needs and land use planning, and having a strong, robust plan for the future. This was the second recommendation of the Transport Report and has largely gone unheeded.
b. Requiring provision of improved, safe and separated commuter tracks (active modes) e.g. upgrade of Frankton to Queenstown trail to commuter status.
c. Promoting and requiring an innovative approach to transport – having a transport system that is flexible to future technology options and integrated into the strategic plan.
Great progress in the Air section recommendations of the Upper Clutha Transport Report. Queenstown Airport will be consulting with the community later in 2018 to inform their future masterplan for Wanaka Airport.
Upper Clutha Transport - Air Recommendation
Develop Wanaka Airport into a ‘centre for aviation excellence’ which contributes positively to the Upper Clutha economy and meets the transport needs of residents and visitors. In order to do this:
• It is essential that The Upper Clutha is adequately and openly represented on any governance/ownership group to ensure The Upper Clutha’s interests are represented.
• QLDC works with Queenstown Airport Corporation on a management/ ownership/lease model for Wanaka Airport.
• Wanaka Airport works with Queenstown Airport to complement and collaborate rather than compete.
• Land is secured to future proof the airport for the next 50+ years.
We have completed the Upper Clutha Transport Report following two public forums in 2015 and 2016. Shaping our Future and members of the taskforce are now working on the recommendations with the relevant agencies. If you would like to get in involved please get in touch!
Massive thank you to all the taskforce members (volunteers!) for their time and effort over the past two years in developing the vision and recommendations on behalf of the community.
We invite you to join us to provide feedback on the Shaping our Future Upper Clutha Transport Draft Report.
The purpose of our second forum is to get community buy in/consensus on the proposed vision and recommendations. We encourage you to read the full report (Executive Summary and Recommendations included below) prior to attending the forum.
Please feel free to forward this invitation to any of your contacts.
Venue: Lake Wanaka Centre, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
Date: Thursday 4th May, 6.30pm - 9.30pm
RSVP: Anita Golden at [email protected] or phone 021 222 1231
If you are not able to attend but would like to provide feedback please fill in our short survey available here.
The Upper Clutha Transport taskforce have worked through the information gathered at public forum, held discussions with local experts and considered the Queenstown Transport report. This report outlines the long term vision and recommendations towards achieving the vision.
The Upper Clutha is experiencing a period of growth in population, visitor numbers and development. By being proactive now to plan for our future we can ensure infrastructure needs keeps up with growth. Current projections for the Upper Clutha are:
Overall Vision and Land Transport:
“The Queenstown Lakes District has a functional, innovative, integrated, multi-modal and sustainable transport system that supports a thriving, healthy community and enhances the visitor experience.
Implementing this vision, the Upper Clutha will be open to change and new technologies, giving priority to initiatives that enhance connectivity and the character of the area."
Air Transport sub vision:
“Wanaka airport is a destination for high yielding innovative businesses creating a sustainable aviation hub for the region”
Water Use – Recreational and Commercial sub vision:
“To ensure the best possible user/visitor lake/waterway experience whilst preserving the natural beauty, water quality and environmental integrity of our most valuable asset.”
The following is a summary of the key recommendations proposed as steps towards achieving the vision. Further detail and information on each of the recommendations is available within the full report.
Read the Full Upper Clutha Transport Report
Over 120 people attended Shaping our Future Transport forum in Queenstown and Wanaka. A volunteer taskforce is currently working through the raw data to form a long term vision and key recommendations for the future of transport in Wanaka.
Shaping Our Future
Shaping our Future board member Michael Sly attended Monday's Mayoral workshop on the Queenstown Lakes 2050.
The Shaping our Future Board supports QLDC’s desire to engage with the community to determine residents' hopes and aspirations for the district out to 2050.