St Bathans Community Plan

St Bathans Village lies at the head of the Manuherikia Valley and is renowned for its heritage including gold mining relics, heritage buildings and the Blue Lake.

Gold mining was a significant industry in the 1860’s with at its peak a booming town had two banks and police station 15 pubs, a cottage hospital, courthouse, two churches and two schools. Miners sluiced away a 120 metre hill, known as the “Glory Hole” leaving a 69 metre deep hole which is today known as the Blue Lake.

Today St Bathans has a handful of permanent residents, holiday cribs and the one pub. The surrounding area including Cambrians and St Bathans Downs is characterised by high country pastoral farming – particularly of merino sheep, cattle and deer.

Some of the key points that came out of the plan include:
  • Assess the need and impact of sealing the remaining half of Loop Road.
  • Lower the speed limit through the village
  • Complete the Council report on wastewater disposal issues and refer to this when looking at future options for wastewater disposal.
  • Advocate for continued water monitoring of the Blue Lake.
  • The Community Association liaise with DOC and Council regarding the provision of a new toilet.
  • The working group liaises with DOC on the future of the hall.
  • Develop rules and guidelines for future subdivision and building construction in the st Bathans area.
  • Undertake an independent environmental assessment of the Blue Lake and develop a management plan based off this.
  • Assess and identify options for developing and maintaining local walkways in the area in consultation with Doc and other parties.

To view the St Bathans Community Plan click here.

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