Re­serve name re­con­sid­ered

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

The de­ci­sion to re­name an Al­bert Town re­serve is be­ing re­con­sid­ered fol­low­ing the in­volve­ment of In­fin­ity owner Bob Robert­son. At a Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board meet­ing last week the board de­cided to for­mally name the Ri­fle­man St re­serve River­side Wet­land Re­serve, at the sug­ges­tion of the Al­bert Town Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion. The re­serve con­sists of stormwa­ter re­ten­tion ponds. The as­so­ci­a­tion also sought the re­moval of a plaque at the site which claimed to be erected in recog­ni­tion of Nor­man Wil­liam Pit­t­away and the area was known as the ‘‘Nor­man Pit­t­away Wet­land Re­serve’’, es­tab­lished in 2009. A re­port by the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil com­mu­nity ser­vices parks of­fi­cer Maddy Jones says ‘‘it was re­cently brought to the coun­cil’s at­ten­tion that a plaque was erected with­out coun­cil per­mis­sion at the re­serve.’’ As­so­ci­a­tion mem­ber Ella Law­ton said River­side Wet­land Re­serve was the name res­i­dents were us­ing for the park and the group wanted it for­malised. ‘‘It’s more ap­pro­pri­ate,’’ she said. How­ever, board chair­man Lyal Cocks said this week the de­ci­sion would be re­con­sid­ered af­ter Mr Robert­son be­came in­volved. ‘‘I thought it was fully sorted with In­fin­ity but there was a re­ac­tion from the owner.’’ Based on his feed­back the com­mu­nity as­so­ci­a­tion would have another look at the pro­posal, he said. Mr Robert­son could not be con­tacted for com­ment.

Saviour: It was a spe­cial day for eight-year-old Sarah Wright on Fri­day as she and brother Eric had the hon­our of dous­ing the bow of the first Coast­guard Wanaka Lakes boat with cham­pagne. The boat, which has been used for whale watch­ing, paua hunt­ing and as a fish­ing ten­der, would have a new job of help­ing to save lives. It was once owned by the chil­dren’s fa­ther Owen who was killed in the Christchurch earth­quake. Coast­guard Wanaka Lakes pres­i­dent Jim Tal­boys said the group was first cre­ated in 2007 af­ter a need for trained per­sonal in the area in search and res­cue. The crew has two fully trained mem­bers and 11 peo­ple in the process of be­ing trained. A to­tal of 24 vol­un­teers made up Coast­guard Wanaka Lakes. Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the weather, bad de­ci­sion mak­ing, in­ex­pe­ri­ence and faulty equip­ment could change a great boat trip into a tragedy. ‘‘I hope you hardly ever need to use her,’’ Mrs van Uden said.

It’s a sign: Al­bert Town Com­mu­nity chair­woman Mar­garet Bar­row and sec­re­tary Ella Law­ton with a plaque that has an un­cer­tain fu­ture af­ter con­cerns were raised about the name of the re­serve. Photo: CHE BAKER 628484881

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