Queenstown council to run ruler over Lakes Leisure too

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Queenstown council’s wide-ranging review of its staff and operations just got wider.

Queenstown mayor Vanessa van Uden has announced council is extending its organisational review to the entirety of its recreation operator Lakes Leisure, which oversees Alpine Aqualand, Alpine Health and Fitness, the Events Centre at Frankton and the new Memorial Centre.

Initially, the review, which started in February was running the ruler over all council staff, regulatory and consents operator Lakes Environmental and just Lakes Leisure’s back-office function.

Van Uden says the review team will now review all the operations of Lakes Leisure.

“The review team has concluded that in order to get a complete picture of the services the council delivers and the opportunities for efficiencies and improving effectiveness, it makes sense to consider both the community services within council and those delivered by Lakes Leisure.

“As with Lakes Environmental, the Council Controlled Organisation (CCO) model for Lakes Leisure has now been operational for over five years.

“It has become apparent through the process we are currently undertaking that it is timely to not only review all aligned council operations but to also consider alternatives for service delivery,” she says.

As the sole shareholder of Lakes Leisure, the council had advised Lakes Leisure’s board and requested support for the review extension, Van Uden says.

The review is being chaired by Peter Winder, ex-chief executive of both Local Government NZ and the Auckland Regional Council.

The review team is expected to provide staff and council with a draft report and recommendations by the beginning of April.