DowntownQT down and out

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Queenstown’s town centre lobby group is set to be scrapped.

In this week’s Chamber of Commerce newsletter, Chamber boss Anna Mickell says DowntownQT’s board will vote to wind up the organisation at the end of June.

It follows the departure of the group’s manager, Steve Wilde.

DowntownQT was formed in 2015, with Wilde at the helm since then.

It was set up by the Chamber of Commerce, but was a separate entity with its own board.

In the newsletter, Mickell, who is also a DowntownQT board member, acknowledges the work done by the organisation over the past four years in developing a town centre commercial strategy, “which was largely adopted in the development of the [council] downtown masterplan”.

In recent times DowntownQT has also been involved in lobbying the government over slow progress on Queenstown roading projects.