Gondola up Roy’s Hill not to be sneezed at in tourism plans
And in other news . . . Umm . . . is there any news other than local body elections? Picking up on two main points of various candidates’ election statements – tourism and knowledge-based industry, what is needed are inclusive ideas for our new community leaders to get their teeth into. Tongue in cheek? Maybe, but hey . . . You’d be blind to not notice how popular cycling is around here. Some high gain infrastructure improvements are obviously needed. Bike tourism is all about loops. Circuits of fun for every level. Let’s roll with a gondola to the top of Roy’s Peak and an architecturally impressive cafe that Michael Hill would be proud of. Think of the easy views for the growing local blue rinse brigade. And their money! Not only would it create a bunch of jobs building it but it would provide a tremendous draw for bike focused tourism along the picturesque ridge to the Cardrona Valley. Young adrenaline seekers would relish the DownHill, all hand in hand with creating and selling a bike focused, world leading Southern Hemisphere R and D test centre in a burgeoning Wanaka. As a bonus, paragliders wouldn’t be faced with that nasty Treble Cone road. Such a green and sustainable alternative! Next: Gambling. There’s no doubt Auckland’s Sky Tower does pretty well, as do the community groups who benefit from the lotteries commission. So it’s time to turn Ruby Island into a tax free gambling sovereign state. That would keep the citizens wanting to split Wanaka from QLDC happy as they would get their own self governed (and lucrative) enclave! Logical. If devoting the whole island is too much to swallow maybe just half of it, rather like US state straddling Reno. Think of the time saved on Ruby Island working bees; and no air polluting burn offs. And the new ferry industry… ◗ In between enjoying all the outdoors fun Wanaka offers, Eddie Spearing works in the creative web industry.