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The Upper Clutha has sprung into Level 1 action with many events, talks, and connections happening all over! Check out our recap of the recent LINK Connection Cafe, Local Lowdown for upcoming events you won’t want to miss, and important Council consultations underway in the Council Corner (note – two key surveys close on Oct 11!).

Connection Cafe Recap

What a fantastic gathering of community-minded people doing amazing things throughout the Upper Clutha!  Ben Elms (aka Dr. Compost) reminded us of how energy ebbs and flows when leading a community group - and there are a few spaces where energy is definitely flowing strongly!  The community garden concept is surging, with Grow Wānaka starting to clear land in Albert Town for their exciting project, Hawea Food Forest going strong into their next chapter, and Community Gardens at the Hub looking for families or individuals interested in tending a planter box of veggies with community support.  

Sophie Ward talked about the Wastebusters Repair Revolution underway - check out their website for the next chance to catch their mobile repair cafe.  Ben Acland is seeking interest in a community shed and repair hub, which you can read about here.

Lorraine Knowles from the Wānaka Upper Clutha Lions told the story of Lilliput Libraries popping up, and shared how the St. John/SPCA Outreach Pet Therapy is changing lives.  

Sarah Millwater brought Hawea news -- the story of the Hawea Sharing Shed which is always looking for volunteers, and an update on youth activities happening through the Get Stuff Done collective which is just getting underway.  Nathan Weathington told the story of the successful Albert Town Community Association, how important neighbourhood associations are for connection, and how it's changing with the times.

If you want to connect with any of the people or projects showcased, email

Huge thanks to all presenters and attendees -- it was great to see connections happening all around the room... we heard more than once that the Connection Cafe was "just what I was looking for" to get informed and plugged in.  We expect to host one more before the end of 2020, so stay tuned for details!

People Powered Development at Collett's Corner

October 5, 7pm Community Hub

Does housing feel unaffordable and out of reach? Come hear about an alternative ownership model and talk with others keen for people-powered development.

The visionary behind Collett's Corner in Lyttelton, Camia Young, is coming to town. Find out more on Monday, 5 October to meet Camia and to hear about how communities can be built by building buildings.

DIY Keep Cup Workshop

Tuesday 6th October from 5:30pm - 7:30pm.

Wānaka's goal is to be SUC Free in 2022. That means no more Single Use Cups being used for a minute or two and then chucked in the bin. Join a fun workshop and see how we can use some materials from our local bike shop (good old inner tubes!) to give Wānaka's jars a new life as DIY keep cups.

Come down to the Revology Concept Store and Tea House on 28 Helwick Street, downtown Wānaka. $20 on entry with $5 going towards the SUC Free Wānaka initiative. Limited to 15 spots. Register now by emailing!

Create. Learn. Share. October 17-18.

A celebration of creativity. A collective group of artistically-minded individuals, businesses and community coming together to champion creativity in Wānaka with a weekend packed full of events, featuring two days of workshops, exhibitions and performance.

LINK is supporting this event as part of our community collaboration work.  Check out programming below and sign up for available workshops. A great chance to support local and get in touch with your own creative side!

WAO Presents ONE Summit

ONE Wānaka is now We Are One... presenting their annual summit with a focus on resetting through regeneration. 


Quality of Life Survey

How’s life for you in the QLD?? Council really wants to know – this is your chance to complete the annual Quality of Life survey by 11 October. The answers help shape lots of Council decisions so please take a look and share with your networks:

Ten Year Plan Consultation Now Open

Help shape the next decade in the district

The Queenstown Lakes District Council's Ten Year Plan is a business plan and budget for the next decade.  Annual Plan spending is allocated each year from this.  The Ten Year Plan is reviewed and reset every three years, with the next review in 2021 -- now is the time to give your early feedback.  Complete the online survey by October 11 to contribute to the 2021-31 Ten Year Plan process.

Kia Kaha Workshops

Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes workshops provide accurate, independent information and advice regarding employment, business support, retraining and career advice, wellbeing and welfare to all members of the community.

Workshops are based in multiple locations in Queenstown and Wānaka and they're free, but bookings are required in advance.

Take your next step with Kia Kaha Queenstown Lakes. Get your free tickets here.

The Jobbortunities Job Fair is also happening Saturday 10 October from 10.00am to 3.00pm at the Queenstown Memorial Centre, with plenty of employers and training providers on site.  For anyone on looking for work it's a great chance to connect with open jobs across the wider region.  Leading companies like Fonterra, Danone, and Silver Fern Farms will be present as well as plenty of others. Sectors with vacancies include agriculture, horticulture, viticulture, tourism and more.

A free bus from Wānaka will be running leaving at 9.00am on Saturday 10 October by the log cabin along Ardmore Street. The bus returns later that day, leaving Queenstown at 2.00pm. You can register for a seat on the bus here.

Anderson Road Parking

Do you regularly visit businesses and shops in the Anderson Heights commercial area and find it difficult to get a carpark?

There is plenty of on and off street carparking in this area to go around however it is currently not working as well as it could. This has led to a number of requests from businesses and residents to introduce parking restrictions to help keep things moving and provide better access for customers.

How to take part

Please use the interactive map to let us know your thoughts. Feedback closes on 16 October 2020.

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