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Hawea Community Association chairwoman April Mackenzie. PHOTO: SIMON HENDERSON

 

Faced with growth on all sides, the Hawea community is working to maintain a sense of identity.

Hawea Community Association chairwoman April Mackenzie has been working to ensure locals are made aware of the challenges facing the lakeside town.

More than 100 people attended a meeting last Saturday to discuss some of the major issues.

The community had mixed responses to potential expansion at Wanaka Airport, with many people recognising the benefits and convenience of having flights to and from Wanaka, but most were against jet flights.

“There was certainly a call for more information,” Ms Mackenzie said.

More detail was needed about flight paths, domestic and international flights, she said.

Discussions about development of the Capell Ave shopping zone included how much the Bodkin St reserve might be integrated into development plans, or if it should be left as it was.

“The community was very engaged in that discussion,” she said.

Proposals by Spark to put a 4G cell tower on the side of Peter Fraser Park was met with resistance.

There was a clear desire for “no towers full stop, irrespective of size,” Ms Mackenzie said.

In discussions about the proposed district plan and the urban growth boundary, “there was a unanimous support for retaining the urban growth boundary at Cemetery Rd.”

Residents were willing to discuss more flexibility for growth within the town boundary, “including allowing residential flats which is currently prohibited”.

Sections could also be reduced to about 500 or 600sq m instead of the current 800sq m size.

“We will let council know that and wait to see what the council proposes in the proposed district plan.”