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    Pity their AGM is going to be online only.

    Would have thought they could have sat up at Skyline Queenstown and looked down at the slash and the damage done to the cemetery......

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    https://crux.org.nz/crux-news/skylin...-storm-damage/

    Skyline Enterprises has said they are "dismayed and very sorry" after a Crux investigation traced rock and shingle that caused extensive damage to Reavers Lane properties to the gondola operators' construction work.
    The admission and apology follows questions from Crux about whether piles of earth excavated for new facilities at Skyline's Queenstown gondola could have affected debris flows that reached into the urban neighbourhood overnight on September 21, forcing evacuations.
    The view from the top of the Skyline gondola, showing cut rock and shingle that has been piled on the edge of a steep slope.
    Crux first put the question to Skyline two days ago, and this evening the operator has issued a statement in response confirming fill removed to make way for its new restaurant headed down the hill during the storm.
    "We were dismayed and are very sorry," the statement from Skyline says.
    "Our immediate priority is working with the council, our contractors and specialist advisors to stabilise the area and then remove the remaining fill...and ensure the area is safe."



    Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council had a geotechnical engineer in the Reavers Lane area, working to determine the source of the debris flow.

    Initial results were inconclusive, and Crux has asked the council for a copy of the engineer's report.
    Prior to Skyline's apology, district mayor Glyn Lewers told Crux on Tuesday afternoon the material that came down during the weather event “certainly is not what you’d expect from a riverbed”.
    There was plenty of gravel and shingle among it, and not much mud and silt, he said.


    Cars parked in Reavers Lane were swamped by stones and debris, Friday, September 22 (Image: Jasper Thompson).
    On Tuesday the mayor pushed back at the suggestion from Crux Skyline's construction waste could have contributed to debris flows during the storm, saying "No, I don't think so, there's no way", assuming it was impossible because from his knowledge Skyline is in a completely different catchment.
    However, the council's view has since shifted.
    Yesterday (Wednesday, October 5) the QLDC told Crux it is now following a number of lines of enquiry to understand how the event and its effects unfolded – including working with the tourism giant.
    The view from atop the Skyline gondola, looking east, down the hill towards Gorge Road, shows an obvious flow of shingle and rock beginning at construction stockpiles.
    QLDC’s planning and development manager Dave Wallace said yesterday the council is actively working with Skyline and council experts on the issue.
    "As work is ongoing, we cannot give definitive responses to your specific queries at this time. Given the recency of the information, council is responding by taking all appropriate steps to follow up."
    Crux has also conducted its own investigations, hiking up the riverbed yesterday and checking out a gravel pile at Skyline Gondola’s top station, near the edge of a steep slope.
    Atop the gondola, there was evidence a large amount of rock and gravel had fallen down the eastern slope, taking out a section of temporary fencing and travelling high enough to rip the bark off tree trunks on its way.
    The area at the top of the Skyline gondola, where excavated rock and shingle had been piled, in relation to Reavers Lane.
    The gravel pile is located in a different spot from where Skyline slash swept down into Queenstown cemetery. Instead, it’s on the Reavers Lane side of the site, at the edge of the Skyline Gondola’s operations, near the base of the luge track, but tucked slightly away from tourist activity.
    The gravel pile is mostly fenced off from the public, and the slope and rocks below are not visible from the public pathway.
    Skyline says its own inquiries into the event continue and it "will co-operate fully with any QLDC investigation".
    "No further comment will be made while this process is ongoing."
    Reavers Lane sits below an already established high-risk alluvial fan, and the debris flow on the day the Queenstown state of emergency was declared covered cars and entered homes, resulting in 12 buildings being either red or yellow stickered by the council in the immediate aftermath of the event.
    Mayor Lewers says since the rainstorm the council has upped its monitoring of a culvert close to Reavers Lane that was blocked during the weather event, forcing water and debris to flow overland rather than into stormwater pipes.
    The debris flow at the top of the Skyline gondola.




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    Thanks for the info and links. Are you in Queenstown? I can see the damage at the top,but can't see how it gets past the initial 100m or so of trees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sideshow Bob View Post
    https://crux.org.nz/crux-news/skylin...-storm-damage/

    [FONT="]Skyline Enterprises has said they are "dismayed and very sorry" after a Crux investigation traced rock and shingle that caused extensive damage to Reavers Lane properties to the gondola operators' construction work.
    The admission and apology follows questions from Crux about whether piles of earth excavated for new facilities at Skyline's Queenstown gondola could have affected debris flows that reached into the urban neighbourhood overnight on September 21, forcing evacuations.
    The view from the top of the Skyline gondola, showing cut rock and shingle that has been piled on the edge of a steep slope.
    Crux first put the question to Skyline two days ago, and this evening the operator has issued a statement in response confirming fill removed to make way for its new restaurant headed down the hill during the storm.
    "We were dismayed and are very sorry," the statement from Skyline says.
    "Our immediate priority is working with the council, our contractors and specialist advisors to stabilise the area and then remove the remaining fill...and ensure the area is safe."



    Last week the Queenstown Lakes District Council had a geotechnical engineer in the Reavers Lane area, working to determine the source of the debris flow.

    Initial results were inconclusive, and Crux has asked the council for a copy of the engineer's report.
    Prior to Skyline's apology, district mayor Glyn Lewers told Crux on Tuesday afternoon the material that came down during the weather event “certainly is not what you’d expect from a riverbed”.
    There was plenty of gravel and shingle among it, and not much mud and silt, he said.


    Cars parked in Reavers Lane were swamped by stones and debris, Friday, September 22 (Image: Jasper Thompson).
    On Tuesday the mayor pushed back at the suggestion from Crux Skyline's construction waste could have contributed to debris flows during the storm, saying "No, I don't think so, there's no way", assuming it was impossible because from his knowledge Skyline is in a completely different catchment.
    However, the council's view has since shifted.
    Yesterday (Wednesday, October 5) the QLDC told Crux it is now following a number of lines of enquiry to understand how the event and its effects unfolded – including working with the tourism giant.
    The view from atop the Skyline gondola, looking east, down the hill towards Gorge Road, shows an obvious flow of shingle and rock beginning at construction stockpiles.
    QLDC’s planning and development manager Dave Wallace said yesterday the council is actively working with Skyline and council experts on the issue.
    "As work is ongoing, we cannot give definitive responses to your specific queries at this time. Given the recency of the information, council is responding by taking all appropriate steps to follow up."
    Crux has also conducted its own investigations, hiking up the riverbed yesterday and checking out a gravel pile at Skyline Gondola’s top station, near the edge of a steep slope.
    Atop the gondola, there was evidence a large amount of rock and gravel had fallen down the eastern slope, taking out a section of temporary fencing and travelling high enough to rip the bark off tree trunks on its way.
    The area at the top of the Skyline gondola, where excavated rock and shingle had been piled, in relation to Reavers Lane.
    The gravel pile is located in a different spot from where Skyline slash swept down into Queenstown cemetery. Instead, it’s on the Reavers Lane side of the site, at the edge of the Skyline Gondola’s operations, near the base of the luge track, but tucked slightly away from tourist activity.
    The gravel pile is mostly fenced off from the public, and the slope and rocks below are not visible from the public pathway.
    Skyline says its own inquiries into the event continue and it "will co-operate fully with any QLDC investigation".
    "No further comment will be made while this process is ongoing."
    Reavers Lane sits below an already established high-risk alluvial fan, and the debris flow on the day the Queenstown state of emergency was declared covered cars and entered homes, resulting in 12 buildings being either red or yellow stickered by the council in the immediate aftermath of the event.
    Mayor Lewers says since the rainstorm the council has upped its monitoring of a culvert close to Reavers Lane that was blocked during the weather event, forcing water and debris to flow overland rather than into stormwater pipes.
    The debris flow at the top of the Skyline gondola.

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    Sad but not surprising, with the current climate this sort of thing will be happening more and more through N Z but IMHO its up local councils to put in place steps to sheet back to the offenders full responsibility, financial and enviromental, forestry included !

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    Tourism is on the up....!!

    https://prod-trade.usx.co.nz/api/fil...1d3f924023.pdf

    We are pleased to inform you that the mid-year results, whilst mixed across the various sites, reflect a positiveposition. Revenue performance for the six months to 30 September 2023 is $106M. This is 16% ahead of last yearand slightly better than the budget.The unaudited underlying Trading Earnings before interest and tax over the same period were $29.6M, a 13%increase on last year.We are seeing rising pressure from inflation and in particular wage costs but thus far we have managed to retainearnings as projected.

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    Was up at Qtown Skyline recently, on a Monday afternoon.

    Reasonably busy, with plenty of activity going on. Buffet was busy, but food best described as 'OK' and pay for the location/view and not the meal.

    However, they do have a hell of a mess to clean up with trees and slash. Can see where the rain gouged a path down Bob's Peak and into the cemetery (which was being cleaned up). Definitely not a good look, actually a terrible look and need to do something sooner rather than later.

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    See Stuff article on Cardiff Luge Project which details some local opposition:

    Skyline’s UK gondola expansion plans meet opposition | Stuff

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