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Council petition launched

Posted at 3:24pm Thursday 02 Sep, 2021


Father of three Dean Rankin has launched a petition to push for Upper Clutha to leave the Queenstown Lakes District Council.


His work comes as the council considers submissions against their plans to abolish the town's community board.


Mr Rankin, who has been a Wānaka resident for 43 years, came to the Wanaka Sun last week asking if the newspaper would run a poll on the issue, but after consulting with Waitaki MP Jackie Dean has opted for an on-line petition.


In correspondence the self-employed businessman said he was considering options of “making our own council or moving to the central Otago council”.


“We would need to do a petition and get at least 10% of the rate payers to get behind it, which I'm sure would be easy. But it is a drawn-out process and would take a bit of work.


“Once the petition is done it would go to the local government commission with all the relevant information for a change boundary.


“Wanaka has a lot more going for it than Queenstown and if the new film studios go ahead here, Wanaka will leave Queenstown behind if it hasn't already,” he said.


On Facebook he tells readers: “I don't know about you, but I've had enough of the Upper Clutha missing out because QLDC doesn't think we're a priority”.


His post had attracted almost 100 comments and shares by Wednesday morning.


Almost all appeared to support signing what one posting referred to as the “divorce papers”.


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