16 Jun 2010

Flood-prone businesses want council action

1:47 pm on 16 June 2010

Flood-prone businesses in Queenstown want the local council to renew plans for major civil engineering projects designed to protect their properties from flooding.

The council's current stance is that owners need to learn to live with flooding.

But the chairman of Skyline Enterprises, Ken Matthews, whose company owns about half the waterfront properties most at risk, says that needs to change.

Another foreshore business owner, Simon Hayes, says the council must dust off plans for major projects, including lowering the outlet to Lake Wakatipu - a project that was refused resource consent almost a decade agp.

The plea was made at a meeting held on Tuesday night to evaluate the Queenstown Lakes District Council's response to rising waters in April.