Community events – how you can get involved

We will work with the local community, project partners and consultant experts to discuss the issues and possible future options for the area. We will hold a series of drop-in sessions over the next year, and the content of each of these is outlined below.


Session one: What is happening now, and how does this affect you?

Friday 4 December 2020, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on the natural hazard events the community is exposed to, and how these events have impacted the community in the past. An opportunity to discuss the natural hazards of the area with ORC and QLDC representatives, and experts from Tonkin + Taylor.

We have sought stories about the local residents’ natural hazards experiences, their concerns, and what they value about living in this area.


Session two: What could happen in the future, and what might we do?

Thursday 8 April 2021, 2pm to 7pm, Glenorchy Hall

A discussion on what could happen to the physical environment of the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the future, and what we might do. This was the second community discussion event aimed at developing a natural hazards adaptation plan for the Head of Lake Wakatipu area in the face of its changing environment. We talked about how river and delta changes and expected impacts of climate change might alter the natural hazards of the area. We had discussions with members of the local community about different adaptation approaches, and what these mean to the local residents.

This discussion session was followed by a public presentation by Professor James Brasington about fluvial hazards at the top of the lake.


Session three: How can we navigate the adaptation options?

Planned for late 2021

Discussions on the local challenges and adaptation options, how to evaluate the various adaptation options available, and the considerations and constraints to implementation of all the possible options.  Conversations about under what conditions we should move to other alternatives, and which possible trigger events or thresholds could be used.


Session four: What might the adaptation pathways look like, and what happens now?

Planned for late 2021

A session to recap findings of the previous community meetings and outline details of the preferred adaptation approach, developed based on this community input. Discussion on the next steps for the project as we move into more detailed review of proposed options and how ongoing project review and implementation might work.


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