Our recent Community Feedback survey generated an encouraging 90 responses from residents of all ages, so thank you to all who contributed.
We asked you to rank issues of importance to Arrowtown and “representation at the QLDC table” ranked highest with 42% considering it the most important issue and 73% placing it in their top 5.
The Arrowtown Borough Council was established in 1874 and eventually absorbed by Queenstown Lakes District Council in 1989. Following the electoral review process in 2021, the Arrowtown ward will be disestablished after 32 years of having a dedicated Arrowtown councillor.
The new Arrowtown-Kawarau Ward will have three councillors representing the communities from Gibbston to Arthurs Point and from Arrowtown to Shotover Country. This is a great opportunity to be of significant influence for the wider district alongside the larger Queenstown and Wanaka wards, each with four councillors.
To ensure the interests of the Arrowtown and Kawarau communities remain at the heart of QLDC decision making, we strongly encourage candidates to step forward to be considered for election to this new ward in October 2022.
The other top issues of importance highlighted in our survey, which our new councillors will be instrumental in addressing, were: heritage preservation, infrastructure quality, urban development and changes to the use of Buckingham Street.
If you are passionate about these and other local issues, please consider running for Council. We can put you in touch with past councillors to learn about what's involved and the positive impact you can have on our community. Just email us.