Thinking about alternatives to cars

What would it take to get you out of your car? More public transport options? Safer opportunities to walk or cycle? A gondola along Queenstown Hill? A more frequent ferry service? Something else? This is your chance to help plan safe, accessible and connected transport solutions for everyone. Queenstown Lakes District Council, the NZ Transport …

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Help bring back the autumn colour

For four years the Arrowtown community, led by the Arrowtown Choppers, has made an outstanding effort to clear wilding conifers from Arrowtown’s hillsides by hand, complementing the felling and spraying work of contractors. Now it’s time to think about the next stage – planting more suitable species. The conditions on Tobins Face are challenging for …

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Just say no to wilding trees

The AVA’s Arrowtown Wilding Group has been hard at it over the last few months progressing Stage One of the Arrowtown Wilding Strategy. We are planning to have a public meeting in early March to outline plans for 2019, but in the meantime here’s a brief rundown on progress so far. Funding Central Lakes Trust …

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All pest plants must go!

Otago Regional Council has recently announced new research into just how established the pest plant old man’s beard is, which got us thinking about pest plants in general. Arrowtown has a long history of environmental modification, beginning with Māori who cleared parts of the basin with fire. It accelerated with the arrival of miners and …

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Water supply upgrade pays off

Things are generally looking pretty good on the water supply front in Arrowtown, with Queenstown Lakes District Council telling us that water restrictions are not on the cards for Arrowtown at the moment. The weather – cooler and wetter than last year – has made a huge difference, as has good water management by residents. …

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The wheels on the bus go…

Yes, that’s right; they do go round and round. But does the Arrowtown community want the buses going round and round and round? We all love Orbus, which is providing a great and affordable public transport, although one aspect is raising discussion. Since the service was introduced just over a year ago by the Otago Regional …

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Save water where you can

Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) is asking residents to conserve water this summer to try and prevent water restrictions. With the hottest part of the year just around the corner, combined with the busy Christmas and New Year’s period water restrictions are a real possibility. QLDC Chief Engineer Ulrich Glasner explains that demand for water …

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Wilding control roars ahead

The plan to finally sort the wilding conifer problem is off to a flying start. The two-phase project led by the Arrowtown Wilding Group, a sub-group of the Arrowtown Village Association, is already well under way, with the Arrowtown Choppers making great progress in sensitive areas and the professionals clearing as many conifers from Tobins Face …

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Report from the chair

At last week’s Arrowtown Village Association AGM our chairperson Noel Beggs presented the following report of the AVA’s activities over the last year:   Chairman’s Report 2018 It has been pleasing to see the Arrowtown Village Association over the past 12 months continue its long established role as the voice of our community. The AVA has …

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