Providing a Centre that will support the health of the Alpine Lakes.
- Develop the facility
- Establish a thriving research and education centre
- Provide information resources on freshwater ecology and management
The scope of the project is the chain of South Island Alpine Lakes and their watersheds.
Currently the Southern Great Lakes are virtually unstudied; their management needs are poorly understood. Nearest research and accommodation facilities are 3.5 hours away limiting the research potential
In a very fast growing region and consequent ecological pressures, the lakes have major ecological and economic values of importance to residents and tourists alike.
- Land use intensification, rural and urban
- Climate change and unknown impacts
- Invasive species (lagarosiphon, lake snot…)
- Synergistic effects of all the above
This is community initiative to help ensure the Lakes do not degrade and to restore and utilise a potential ecological gem near the heart of Wanaka.
The site is Fish and Game ex-hatchery, unused for 10 years, containing the springs and headwaters of Bullock Creek that runs through Wanaka with its surrounding wetland
The projects aims to:
- Provide a first class facility for lakes researchers from throughout NZ and overseas
- Provide a exemplar of science involvement and information transfer to the local community, stakeholders and schools
- Generate knowledge of the lakes to guide their kaitiaki and protection for the long-term
September 2016 – Community based Trust Lake Wanaka Trust formed to develop and manage the Centre
June 2016 – Heads of Agreement with Otago Fish and Game for the use of the land
June 2016 – Centre facilities identified and a concept design for the main buildings and accommodation
Date XX – MoU with University of Otago for their non-exclusive use and assistance with fund-raising
August 2015 – Group formed to set up the project
May 2015 – Project exploration