Wanaka Sun       

Council ready for summer influx

Posted at 4:42am Thursday 20 Dec, 2018 | By Ruth Blunt editor@thewanakasun.co.nz

Queenstown Lakes District Council is taking steps to cope with the annual influx of summer visitors as it expects more than 100,000 people to descend on the district.

QLDC chief executive Mike Theelen said that council and its contractors are well prepared to ensure the district continues to operate smoothly over the summer period.

“While our population surges dramatically for a few weeks over the summer, we're well-resourced to cope with all the extra people we're expecting,” Theelen said.

“We do ask that people are welcoming, patient and responsible and to make sure they plan ahead when travelling. Particularly around known pinch points such as petrol stations and town centres.”

“We want to make sure everyone, whether they're residents or visitors, has a great summer break, and we're doing what we can to ensure everything runs as smoothly as possible.”

More public litter bin collections are already underway to help deal with the increase in rubbish produced over summer and keep up with demand, while extra recycling bins will also be located at the lakefront.

Extra town custodians have been put on patrol to ensure the town centres remain clean and attractive for residents and visitors, with a new street sweeper introduced in Wanaka.

The town centre public toilets will also be kept clean by the extra custodians, and over Christmas portaloos will be going into the busy hotspots of Roy's Bay and Penrith Beach.

The liquor ban in Wanaka CBD and Hawea will be strictly enforced and anyone found drinking in a liquor-ban area is likely be fined $250. Alcohol harm prevention organisation, Red Frogs, will also be back in town between December 29-31, operating ‘chill-out zones' where people can hydrate, eat and charge their phones.

The Responsible Camping Ambassadors will also be onsite at the camping and service hubs and out roaming the district educating campers on how they are expected to behave while in the district and directing them to appropriate camping locations.

To help with the parking changes in Wanaka, two ambassadors will be based on the waterfront to direct both campers and other vehicles to the correct locations and an additional warden will be in place for the town centre to help keep things moving over the busy period.

The Harbourmaster and his team will also be out and about all summer long and will be strictly enforcing the rules around wearing lifejackets. Lifejackets must be worn in any vessel 6m and under, including paddleboards, on the district's waterways.

Over the holidays, urgent issues can be reported to the council 24/7 by phoning 03 443 0024 (Wanaka) or 03 441 0499 (Queenstown) or logging a request for service at www.qldc.govt.nz/fix-it.




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