Some of Queenstown’s busiest streets, and busiest hospitality hot spots, are also the most at risk during an earthquake.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council yesterday released a list of buildings found to be possibly earthquake-prone.
The list includes several buildings on busy thoroughfares such as Ballarat St, Rees St, and Marine Parade and all of Cow Lane.
Forty-two buildings have been listed as possibly earthquake-prone, the council report said.
“A number of the remaining 42 buildings identified as potentially earthquake-prone are constructed all or in part of unreinforced masonry (URM) that do not contain steel, timber or fibre reinforcement,” the report says.
Under the Building (Earthquake prone-Buildings) Amendment Act 2016, councils across New Zealand had to identify priority buildings.
Priority buildings are classed as those which pose a high risk to life safety, or are critical to recovery in an emergency.
To identify those, the council has to identify priority thoroughfares.
They can be determined to be a priority if they have high pedestrian or vehicle traffic, or if they have unreinforced masonry buildings that could collapse in an earthquake.