Agreement reached on use of Tuapeka Recreation Reserve
An agreement has been reached on use of the Tuapeka Recreation Reserve, following an independent review.
Clutha District Council Chief Executive Steve Hill says the Lawrence Bike Club will be allowed to continue to use the reserve, with conditions on its use and a review of their effectiveness to come.
“Council hired an independent reviewer to investigate issues identified in the Reserve Management Plan and find the right approach going forward. A set of conditions were proposed, based on evidence and consultation. Council has agreed to the conditions which aim to find balance so the Lawrence Bike Club can continue to use the reserve, but concerns are also addressed.”
A range of factors have been considered or investigated, including noise monitoring, past complaints, legal advice and views of user groups and individuals.
“Community interest around use of the reserve is strong and there has been extensive consultation. More than 120 individuals, community leaders and community groups have been spoken to and we listened to what they have to say.”
“The agreement for Lawrence Bike Club’s use of the reserve is initially until 30 May 2023. After this there will be a review of its effectiveness and, if needed, adjustments may be made, Mr Hill says.
The following conditions are required:
- The Lawrence Bike Club will agree event days, duration, frequency and access with Lawrence Gymkhana Club to ensure shared access with all reserve users, both regular and casual, including possible future users. All major/community traditional events on the reserve take precedent.
- The Lawrence Bike Club will communicate with the Lawrence community ahead of time so there is good awareness of the club’s events and activities at the reserve.
- The Lawrence Bike Club will letter drop immediate neighbours pre and mid-season to ensure awareness of what’s planned.
- Lawrence Bike Club will install signage detailing club rules, safety requirements and behaviour expectations.
The reserve is leased by the Lawrence Gymkhana Club and Tuapeka Harness Racing Club. The gymkhana club leads management of the reserve’s use and generally supports shared use with the bike club. New activities and other clubs are also encouraged to use this community reserve.
The Lawrence Gymkhana Club will set up a complaint resolution policy in case there are complaints about use of the reserve.
As well as motocross, the bike club encourages BMX and other bike activities at which promotes healthy, outdoor, family orientated sport at this location. The bike club’s activity will likely draw visitors from outside of Lawrence, bringing economic benefits.
The town is also visited by recreational motorcyclists and a number of Clutha Gold Trail cyclists. This is separate to the Lawrence Bike Club’s focus.