Community group attacks airport consultation process
Opinion. By Cath Gilmour, Chair, We Love Wakatipu Inc.
There are three fundamental questions about Queenstown Lakes District Council’s approach to its impending airport growth decisions on both sides of the Crown Range.
- Can we trust an opaque and rushed consultant-led process to guide councillors’ decisions when they had no input and the community knows nothing about it?
- If not, can we trust the results?
- And is the council achieving its two roles specified in the Local Government Act – enabling democratic local decision-making and actions, and promoting the social, economic, environmental and cultural well-being of its communities?
We Love Wakatipu Inc believes the answer is no to all these questions.