Wanaka worker accommodation shortage a concern
Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said she was concerned that a lack of worker accommodation in Wanaka could affect future growth in the town.
“I’m very concerned at the worker accommodation shortage in Wanaka, with an estimated 800 extra people wanting to live in the town over the winter.
“We have already seen the problems that an acute lack of seasonal worker accommodation in Central Otago has caused, with the impact being felt by the cherry, pipfruit and stone fruit industries.
“Developers are now looking at addressing that issue in Cromwell, thanks to great support from the Central Otago District Council.
“I would like to see the Queenstown Lakes District Council step up in Wanaka in a similar way, by making it more attractive for the developers of rental or worker accommodation to look at the area.
“Also the council’s current regulations around short term living accommodation may also act as a deterrent to those home owners considering providing worker accommodation.
“Tourism is growing in this country and Wanaka is riding the crest of that wave of success.
“It’s crucial that the town has the facilities to house the seasonal staff required to support this on-going tourism growth for the benefit of the whole community.”
Mrs Dean said she would like to see some urgent action to address the situation, with time running out for this winter.
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