Sports and Recreation Strategy will provide 10 year guidance


A version of this story in the printed version saying the public would be consulted before it was formally adopted was incorrect. The story below has been corrected.


A Sports and Recreation Strategy that will encompass both Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago will provide a framework to assist decision-making over the next 10 years.

At a Central Otago and Districts council meeting last week, executive manager planning and environment Louise van der Voort said extensive consultation was undertaken in the development of the strategy, including meetings with sporting clubs and groups, surveys and data collection, so that there was a sound understanding of sports needs and use.

The strategy provided a framework to guide the council’s decision-making over the next 10 years, including the development of new facilities and upgrades to existing facilities.

The strategy also provided guidance on facilities that might no longer meet community needs, as well as partnership opportunities with other community facility providers.

The strategy provided guidance but the council was not required to adopt the recommendations, she said.

Cr Stuart Duncan said although the strategy encompassed a regional base of both Queenstown Lakes and Central Otago, ‘‘we really are making decisions on our ratepayer base’’.

Parks and recreation manager Gordon Bailey said although some of the recommendations in the strategy encouraged multi-use facilities, ‘‘there are times when that is not possible’’ and single-use facilities could be viable.

‘‘But if we can get it better co-ordinated, we should try that in the first instance,’’ he said.

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