Wednesday, June 26, 2024

Queenstown council to dispose of abandoned boats

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has announced it will begin disposing of abandoned boats and trailers at Eely Point Reserve in Wānaka, from Monday 7 March.

QLDC General Manager Community Services, Thunes Cloete said while several vessels had been removed from the reserve by owners over the last two months, some boats and trailers remained.

“Eely Point Reserve is highly valued by the Upper Clutha community and a particularly iconic public area for recreation and enjoyment. The abandoned vessels in Eely Point Reserve create hazards and affect our community’s use and enjoyment of the space,” said Dr Cloete. 

“Given this is a breach of the Reserve Act and QLDC’s Parking Rules for this location, we have made the decision to begin disposing of these vessels in March.”

Dr Cloete encouraged owners of boats and trailers parked in Eely Point Reserve to remove them before action commenced.

“If you know someone using this location to store a vessel, please either let them know or contact Council,” said Dr Cloete.

Overnight boat parking is not permitted at Eely Point Reserve, as indicated by permanent signage and removal notices placed on vessels in the area.

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