Statement of Intent – The clock is ticking [Alexa Forbes, 24/08/19]
There is no time to lose. Queenstown airport is within 3 years (depending on tourism slowdown) of reaching its noise boundaries. The Queenstown community has unequivocally said NO to any expansion of those boundaries. Wanaka appears similarly opposed to expansion at its airport.
Yet, a third version of the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC) Statement of Intent (SOI) which Queenstown Lakes District Council will consider tomorrow (Monday, August 26), attempts to ‘push pause’ on its development plans while further reports and plans are considered.
The airport has known since last August that it has no community support for noise boundary extension in Queenstown, (Wanaka views are not as well surveyed yet – more on that below). Yet in the year that has passed, the airport has failed to come up with any alternative strategic direction to its two airport growth strategy….