Reserve name reconsidered
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