Queenstown Bay toilet block to be replaced

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Work starts next Monday on a $450,000 replacement lakefront toilet block for downtown Queenstown’s Earnslaw Park.

A tender’s been let to Amalgamated Builders for a 10-unit toilet block and small kiosk.

A council recommendation to let the kiosk for South American pasties, or empanadas, is out for public comment till March 15.

Three trees in the vicinity will be removed this week to make way for construction.

Queenstown Lakes District Council community services boss Paul Wilson says the council’s received significant feedback, particularly in recent years, that the 29-year-old toilet block needs to be replaced.

“I’m confident the end result will be a quantum improvement in this high-profile location.

“We realise that the construction project will cause some disruption to visitors, residents and businesses and we will be doing all we can to minimise the disruption and ensure the project is completed on time for the opening of the Winter Festival in June.”

Temporary toilets will be available on site till after Easter.

The grass area of Earnslaw Park will be renewed after the Winter Games in August.