Land swap to im­prove lake ac­cess

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK Mt Burke’s in­cludes: pro­posal

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.

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