Initial Media Release - June 1, 2005
Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway – GHD appointed as Project Manager
The Clutha River Parkway Steering Group has selected GHD Limited as Project Manager of the 3-year Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway Project. The overall goal of this landmark project is to ensure the long-term survival of the river, improving the natural, recreational and cultural values of the Clutha/MataAu River environment. GHD will coordinate the project, carrying out resource management studies, consultation and project funding roles. "The Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway Steering Group is delighted with the appointment of GHD to this role and looks forward to meeting with the river's community to progress this important project", said Lewis Verduyn, the Chairperson of the Steering Group.
The Clutha River is New Zealand's largest and most powerful river. It carves 338 km from the Southern Alps to the Pacific Ocean, traversing the golden semidesert heartland of Central Otago. The Clutha is a world-class river and a major regional and national asset. It is famous for its swiftness, clear turquoisetinted water, spectacular riverscapes, unique conservation values, recreation, tourism, and its Maori, pioneer and goldrush history.
There are many issues facing the Clutha River corridor that need to be addressed, including extreme development pressure, from Lake Wanaka to the Pacific. At present this is not possible because there is no integrated management of the river corridor. The concept of a Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway has gained the support of many key stakeholders, including government departments, district and regional councils, environmental and heritage groups, river users and developers. The Project Management team will be holding meetings in communities along the Clutha River throughout the coming months to discuss the proposed Clutha Mata-Au River Parkway and opportunities for land owners and other interested parties to be involved in this exciting project.
The first public meetings will be held in Wanaka, Cromwell and Alexandra as follows:
Alexandra Community Centre,Skird St, Alexandra, Wednesday 15 June, 7.30 pm
Cromwell Memorial Hall Supper Room, Melmore Tce, Cromwell, Thursday 16 June, 7.30 pm
Lake Wanaka Centre Armstrong Room, Ardmore St, Wanaka, Friday 17 June, 7.30 pm