Ferg’s smoke fix

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Smokin': Queenstown's famous burger joint, Fergburger

Queenstown’s world-famous burger biz is opening its wallet to reduce its smoke and smell effects in the CBD.

Fergburger boss Steve Bradley says the company’s making a “significant investment” in a triple-pass electrostatic air cleaner, which should create “99.9 per cent efficiencies” in terms of the amount of smoke the Shotover Street burger joint produces.

“It’s a significant piece of equipment.”

Other restaurants around the resort are also looking into similar gear to reduce the amount of smoke they produce which, Bradley says, is “our duty to Queenstown”.

He’d initially hoped the air cleaner would be in place for winter, but it’ll now be up and running by Christmas.

It comes as Otago Regional Council confirms it’s received “a small number” of complaints about smoke pollution from Fergburger.

Environmental services manager Martin King says the council’s “working to resolve this issue in cooperation with QLDC and Fergburger. We cannot comment further in the meantime”.

Queenstown council comms adviser Rebecca Pitts says: “We are assisting ORC in their investigation and will be setting up a site visit soon.”