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Help shape the future of Upper Clutha’s water

Posted at 6:03am Thursday 05 Sep, 2019 | By Abby Costen newsdesk@thewanakasun.co.nz

Shaping our Future (SOF) is encouraging the Upper Clutha community to attend its second water forum on Monday at Wanaka Presbyterian Church at 6pm.

The cafe-style forum is an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft vision and key recommendations for the future of freshwater in the area, prepared by a volunteer taskforce of community members.

Feedback from the local community concerning ‘user pays', water metering and priorities for research is also desired. 

The first forum back in 2018 resulted in more than 200 community members identifying the key future priorities of freshwater quality and quantity, leadership and management, research and monitoring as well as community culture.

The proposed long-term 30-plus-year vision for freshwater is ‘pure water, healthy ecosystems and an engaged community.' 

Recommendations for achieving this vision include establishing a formal process for Ministry for the Environment, Queenstown Lake District Council and Queenstown Resort College to work closely with the community to effectively manage development, run-off systems and monitoring. 

“Freshwater is a complex topic,” said SOF deputy chair and Wanaka resident Barry Bruce. “The taskforce has had to research and discuss a wide range of information to bring you this report. The second forum is an opportunity for residents, landowners, local workers and visitors to sit down and discuss the proposed roadmap to the future of freshwater for the area.” 

He added, “By bringing everyone together, we can agree a shared vision that the community can work towards for their children, grandchildren, future visitors and residents.”

To find out more, visit shapingourfuture.org.nz.

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