Gon­dola up Roy’s Hill not to be sneezed at in tourism plans

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

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.

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