Land swap to improve lake access
The Wanaka Community Board has approved a land swap agreement between the Burdon family at Mt Burke Station and the Queenstown Lakes District Council, to address lake access issues and kickstart a stalled tenure review.
An agreement will now be drawn up to cement the deal relating to legal unformed roads across the farm. It has the blessing of angler groups and the Upper Clutha Tracks Trust.
John Barlow, representing the Otago Fish and Game Council and Upper Clutha Anglers Club, told the board on Wednesday the land swap ‘‘in general has our strong support’’.
Council infrastructure principal planner Denis Mander said the proposal was made by Mt Burke Station and still had to go through the tenure review process with Land Information New Zealand and the Department of Conservation.
DOC had yet to survey the marginal strips and that work would clarify the exact dimensions of the access links shown on the maps, but Mander understood DOC was confident the strips would be wider than shown on the maps.
Board chairwoman Rachel Brown congratulated the parties and the station’s negotiator Peter Bosworth, from Canterbury, for the successful consultation.
Mander said he understood if the road access issue was sorted out, LINZ would recommence tenure review negotiations. The negotiations started many years ago, but LINZ pulled out last year because of lack of progress
Bosworth said while it was ‘‘really early days, it is a terrific start’’ to the tenure review process.
Stopping the unformed section of Maungawera Valley Rd leading to Dublin Bay.
Creating and vesting a new section of road in the council that leads to Dublin Bay via the base of Mt Brown.
Creating either a new section of road or a DOC reserve between Maungawera Valley Rd and the marginal strip at Flax Paddock, to give lake access.
Council to upgrade parts of Maungawera Valley Rd.
Create a new lakeside DOC reserve to the north of the station under tenure review process.
Create tracks over the station from Dublin Bay to Quartz Creek (stage 1), and between the creek and the end of Stevenson’s Arm (stage 2), under the tenure review process.
DOC to prepare landscape and management plans for the Flax Paddock reserve, identifying a possible boat launching ramp, car park, toilets, and other amenities. Camping is not proposed.
Bosworth said at present, camping is only permitted on the farm with the station holder’s express consent.
Whether any camping would be permitted on any public areas created out of tenure review, would be up to LINZ and DOC to resolve, Bosworth said.