It’s a hole lotta work


Queenstown Lakes District Council has made good on its promise to fix up a Frankton Road footpath hazard. 

The council’s roading boss Denis Mander had vowed to repair large, knee-deep holes in a stretch opposite the Pounamu Apartments before the Rugby World Cup. 

Council roading contractors Downer are due to complete remedial work tomorrow – the same day the World Cup kicks off – but not before the Irish and Georgian rugby teams have already spent days in the resort. 

“It’s a little bit frustrating. We had hoped to have it all finished,” Mander says. 

“We got started right after the July snow storm and then got delayed by the August event. They were extraordinary events.” 

All up, Mander says about four sections of footpath measuring 420 metres has been fixed at a budgeted cost of $125,000. 

“Although we’re expecting it to come in under that,” he says. 

Fence posts have also been put in after trees were removed. 

This was partially causing the footpath problems in the first place. 

“There was some loss of base material under a short section of footpath with those trees being removed. 

“My understanding is it was done by Pounamu Apartments with consent granted by council,” Mander says. 

Mander says work on the fence will also be completed tomorrow. 

Arrowtowner John Mowat first brought the dangerous holes to public attention in May – some were so deep they went up to his knees. 

At that point, Mander organised an immediate temporary fix to safeguard pedestrians.