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Airport consultation details finally revealed by QLDC

  • Feb 12,2020

QLDC has now released detail of their public consultations as part of the impact assessment for expansion of Queenstown and Wanaka airports. The move follows widespread community concern over the lack of information provided about the consultation process.

"The public engagement phase of the airport impact assessments gets underway next week, with MartinJenkins seeking community views on possible future options for the district’s airports.

With an online survey available from mid-February, MartinJenkins is hoping to hear from a broad range of participants. Anyone is able to complete the survey and locals without Internet access are welcome to complete the survey at the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s offices on Gorge Road (Queenstown) and Ardmore Street (Wānaka).

The online survey is complemented by a series of seven focus groups the MartinJenkins project team is holding in both Wānaka and Queenstown. The focus groups are designed to allow for deep discussion of topics and for this reason the number of places is limited. Recognising that capacity means that not everyone can join these focus groups, participants have been identified to provide a representative cross-section of the district’s community and diverse perspectives, including schools, health care providers, ethnic and religious groups, commercial and business groups, youth groups, community associations, central government, tourism operators, property developers, airport user groups, advocacy groups, and Iwi.

While the engagement is being run independently by MartinJenkins, QLDC is encouraging as many people in the community as possible to participate and have their say. The survey will be open for a three-week period and will be available via the QLDC Let’s Talk site.

Early insights and key themes from the engagement will be provided to Councillors along with findings from the economic and social impact assessments, by early March. The final report will be presented in early May. These early insights and the final report will help to inform Council’s decision-making for the next Queenstown Airport Corporation Statement of Intent and the draft Spatial Plan."

QLDC has also issued a full  list of groups being consulted.

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  • Kat West : 13/02/2020, 10:47 am (54 days ago)

    Interesting that there are no aviation groups in that list at all.

    So that is general aviation - smaller airport users who may not be so excited by a larger busier airport, (helicopters, smaller tourist aircraft, schools, sky divers etc) they’re already getting pushed out of the Queenstown airport, and at the very least, expansion means higher landing fees. Then there are the non airport based airspace users who are also not necessarily keen on a busier airport - in particular the paraglider pilots, hang glider pilots, microlight pilots, sail plane pilots…

    There are also no environmental groups listed - and as you know, environment is key to both economic and social outcomes

    None of us even get one seat at the table! Doesn’t look like meaningful consultation to me...