De­ci­sions on con­sents pend­ing

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - STAFF RE­PORTER

TWO coun­cils are yet to de­cide whether to pub­licly no­tify con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions for $18 mil­lion of work at The Re­mark­ables.

The Depart­ment of Con­ser­va­tion (Doc) this week pub­licly no­ti­fied the con­ces­sion sought by NZSki to re­place its 32­year­old chair­lifts in a project which in­cludes the cre­ation of three new trails.

A to­tal of 345,000cu m of earth­works over 122,000sq m of land is planned, along with the re­moval of about 77,678sq m of in­dige­nous veg­e­ta­tion, the ma­jor­ity of which would be re­planted.

NZSki also needs con­sents from the Queen­stown Lakes District Coun­cil and Otago Re­gional Coun­cil.

Both coun­cils said nei­ther had as­sessed the con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions to de­ter­mine if pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion was re­quired.

NZSki chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul An­der­son said the project re­quired a six­month build and hoped work could be­gin in the new year.

‘‘We need ski lifts and we need to make sure our ski lifts are of the high­est stan­dard.’’

NZSki had or­dered a new sixseater chair­lift, re­plac­ing the ex­ist­ing four­seater, and was await­ing de­liv­ery.

Doc act­ing Dunedin per­mis­sions and statu­tory land man­age­ment man­ager David Grif­fin said NZSki Ltd ini­tially ap­plied for an ease­ment, which would not nec­es­sar­ily re­quire pub­lic no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

It changed this to the re­quired lease, li­cence and ease­ment on the depart­ment’s ad­vice.

Doc de­ter­mined all re­quired no­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Sub­mis­sions on the Doc con­ces­sion close on De­cem­ber 5.

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