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Most people happy about beach parties
We have had a massive number of letters in support of the parties held at
Queenstown Bay after last week's story (Mirror, January 30). Thank you. We
have run as many as possible here. Queenstown Bay is a wonderful asset
for holiday makers and locals, although this week we have been wondering
what people think of the topless sunbathers adopting a sunnyside-up
approach near the children's playground. Any thoughts? Email us on
Good times: Hundreds of young people have been
drinking and partying in Queenstown Bay but it is all
within the rules.
There is no problem with people enjoying
some drinks listening to a DJ anywhere in
Queenstown at 9.30pm.
Ask any person under 35 and I bet this
sounds like a perfect Sunday afternoon. It
seems some people have nothing better
to do in this town than complain and try
and ruin things for the larger population
of Queenstown who enjoy this sort of
was 9.30pm so come on.
Seriously, whoever was complaining
needs to get real as without all the
younger generation coming to
Queenstown to enjoy this sort of
atmosphere and do these sorts of things
Queenstown s risking driving millions of
dollars away elsewhere!
Please stop trying to ruin Queenstown for
us younger folk.
Let the holiday makers enjoy it
How excellent it is to see young people
enjoying themselves in a safe and non-
offensive way on the shores of our
Doesn t Queenstown Bay look vibrant and
exciting when there are so many people
enjoying this wonderful weather?
Imagine the amazing photos and stories
these people will take home with them to
show friends and family. Invaluable!
Marketing like this cannot be bought and
yet there are some in the community who
suggest we stop all this?
While these holidaymakers are enjoying
themselves safely and within our laws
around the bay, the police are able to
monitor and curb any trouble.
Increase the ban and not only will these
revellers move to less open locations and
leave more mess and more trouble
behind them, but you will also deny our
local families from enjoying a quiet family
picnic on beaches or rivers around our
Leave the laws as they are and let
everyone enjoy our environs and all that
this amazing weather has to offer. The
police are busy enough. Jane Hughes
I am the organiser of the music on the
beach on Sundays and wanted to
comment on your story.
We have taken on board the reaction by
the resident, and will be moving our start
and finish time to more closely fit with
the vibe of the event, as well as
respecting the needs of the residents.
We will be doing a few more of these this
summer, from about 2pm to no later then
7pm. The event is highly weather
dependent, so you won t see us out there
in the rain.
I would also like to comment that the
members of the police that came to speak
with us were very nice, and we were
immediately reactive to their concerns
about the level of noise.
The reaction from the public has been
excellent, with lots of great positive
We are working closely with the QLDC to
ensure that our event doesn t conflict
with the other great summertime events.
We are totally non-profit, we do this in
our own time, effort and initiative with
prior consultation, and the permission of
both Lakes Environmental, and QLDC.
Simon Holden (DJ Sinclair)
Are you guys for real? People come to
Queenstown to have fun. I have been
here since the 1990s and have never seen
this as an issue. The DJs often collect
money and donate it to charity and I have
never seen the alcohol cause problems.
The people clean up after themselves.
Why spoil the fun for many because it
doesn t sit well with a very small
I m more offended by your papers that
are delivered to residential homes and lie
in the gutters for an eternity. Alan Kerr
-- abridged, editor
Thrilled with event
It was disturbing to see an article shine a
negative light towards the Sunday
community at the beach.
As one of the organisers, we were more
than pleased with the outcome of the
There were absolutely no issues with
intoxication levels or careless behaviour,
all rubbish was properly disposed of
throughout the day and we made sure to
keep our music at a reasonable volume.
We were also very pleased with how
many beachgoers came up to personally
thank us for providing a relaxing
atmosphere and look forward to our next
Sunday session in the sun.
This was only our second Sunday event
which has been arranged with the Lakes
Environmental to provide enjoyable
music between late afternoon and 9 to
As Queenstown locals we love and
respect our waterfront and hope to
continue to please the Sunday afternoon
crowds with our events. Although one
person did call to complain, the overall
response from the community was very
positive. We all know this town thrives on
tourism and we believe the word of
mouth from travellers who enjoyed our
event can only have a positive effect on
We just want to have a good time within
the guidelines agreed upon with the
Lakes Environmental. Tim Sargeant
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