Thin edge of wedge?

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By MAR­JORIE COOK

Arow­ing tank has been added to the con­cept plans for Wanaka’s pro­posed Wa­ter Sports Fa­cil­ity, in­creas­ing the build­ing’s foot­print by about 35m2 to 465m2.

The amend­ment has irked Wanaka ratepayer Grant Proud­foot, of Ti­maru, who says Roys Bay is not the right site for any build­ing, and par­tic­u­larly a build­ing of that scale.

Proud­foot this week de­scribed the change as the ‘‘thin edge of the wedge’’ and asked what else the trust might de­cide to add later.

‘‘They’ve been talk­ing about a cer­tain foot print for the build­ing. Now, let alone they haven’t even got to re­source con­sent, they’ve in­creased the foot print . . . In a few years, if the build­ing is es­tab­lished, they may want to en­large it again, add a com­mu­nity so­cial lounge or an ex­ten­sion,’’ Proud­foot said.

Fa­cil­ity trust chair­man Michael Sidey said last week he in­structed ar­chi­tect Alis­tair Madill to add a row­ing tank sim­i­lar to the Otago Univer­sity Aquatic Fa­cil­ity’s tank in Dunedin.

Sidey said he had only just learned about the Dunedin tank and its uses.

A Wanaka tank could have sim­i­lar ben­e­fits and make row­ing avail­able to ‘‘any­one who wants to have a crack at it,’’ Sidey said.

Madill’s first con­cept plans were sup­ported by many sub­mit­ters at a lake­front re­serves man­age­ment plan hear­ing in Wanaka in July, but did not in­clude a tank.

Sidey said the build­ing foot­print is an is­sue for re­source


Plans: Wanaka Wa­ter Sports Fa­cil­ity trust chair­man Michael Sidey, left, and ar­chi­tect Alis­tair Madill look over re­vised con­cept plans.

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