Two workshops being held in Wanaka and Queenstown this month are the start of a new conversation that Queenstown Lakes District Council wants to hold with the community. The workshops are part of the “Shaping Our Future” project, which aims to connect with as many individuals and organisations as possible and listen to their views.

The first workshop is about the economic future of the Lakes District, and will be held in Wanaka on Tuesday May 10 at the Lake Wanaka Centre from 4-6pm.

The second workshop will take place the following week and will focus on events. The Wanaka workshop will be on 19 May at Edgewater Resort, again from 4-6pm.

Our very own general manager Sue Coutts is on the voluntary steering group which is helping Mayor Vanessa van Uden to drive the project. The other members of the committee are Mayor van Uden, David Kennedy (Ngai Tahu Tourism), Alastair Porter (Queenstown Chamber of Commerce), John Aspinall (Farmer) and QLDC
CEO Debra Lawson.

Sue says it would be great to get a high turn-out to the two pilot workshops in Wanaka, and to have a wide range of views expressed. Everyone is invited to participate in the workshops or feedback via the Shaping Our Future website if they can’t make it to the workshop. Click here for the times of the Queenstown workshops.

All going well, the first two workshops will be followed by others on topics such as tourism, health and social services, affordability, heritage and environmental protection.

Sue practices some community engagement with the Unpackit crew in Wellington