No doubt about Wanaka grow­ing

But watch out when ul­tra fast broad­band comes in – it will re­ally es­ca­late

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS -

don’t envy our coun­cil­lors when they have to make de­ci­sions about ma­jor in­fra­struc­ture projects. They have to take many things into con­sid­er­a­tion like pop­u­la­tion growth, lo­ca­tion and cost. Wanaka is once again de­bat­ing the lo­ca­tion and cost of a new sports fa­cil­ity for our town. A cou­ple of years ago the de­ci­sion was made to build the fa­cil­ity on land at Three Parks, not on the Show­grounds down­town as some had been push­ing for. New coun­cil­lor Cal­lum McLeod based his elec­tion cam­paign around this is­sue say­ing we should down-spec the de­sign and build it down­town. My big is­sue with this is that the pop­u­la­tion on this side of the hill has ba­si­cally dou­bled in the 10 years I’ve lived here to around 9000 peo­ple. Ex­trap­o­lat­ing this out we could pos­si­bly be look­ing at 18,000 peo­ple by 2023 and 36,000 by 2033. If you think that won’t hap­pen then watch this space, es­pe­cially if we win the Gi­ga­town com­pe­ti­tion. Wanaka has al­ways been a de­sir­able place to live. The only thing that has held it back has been the lack of good pay­ing jobs. Ul­tra fast broad­band will give us a huge op­por­tu­nity to change that so hang onto your hats. There are those who don’t want Wanaka to change but un­less you make it a gated com­mu­nity you won’t stop the growth. Coun­cil­lors are never go­ing to get it 100 per cent right. How­ever, they are en­trusted to make bold, for­ward look­ing de­ci­sion. Al­ready the Lake Wanaka Cen­tre is not big enough for many events and the An­der­son Heights re­tail/ light in­dus­trial area is full. And re­mem­ber we helped pay for the Queen­stown Events Cen­tre and their ratepay­ers will be help­ing pay for ours so let’s get the best we can on a site which has the best chance of still be­ing vi­able in 20 to 30 years’ time. ◗ Ed Tay­lor is gen­eral man­ager of War­birds Over Wanaka and reck­ons Wanaka is the best place in the world to live.

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