Queenstown’s council conditionally backs downtown convention centre

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Queenstown’s council has voted unanimously to proceed with plans for a convention centre at the Lakeview site – dependent on certain conditions.

Mayor Vanessa van Uden and all ten councillors supported chief executive Adam Feeley’s recommendation at a packed meeting this afternoon.

It means council officially backs a CBD convention centre – estimated to cost around $50 million.

But van Uden and other councillors were at pains to stress the decision does not commit the council to building any centre.

Van Uden says: “We are not proposing an unconditional commitment to a convention centre.

“We are trying to get a milestone along the path to us doing this.

“I think this is the right step to take today because there are still many questions unanswered.

“And it shows a reflection that all those 750-odd people that made submissions have been listened to because what we have picked up is your main issues with this and provide more certainty and more clarity before any decision is made.”

The council’s agreement to lead the proposal is conditional on central government confirming a capital contribution to the convention centre. 

Council officers will now provide council with options for a master-plan for the Lakeview site by November 30.

They will also undertake a ratings impact analysis for funding capital or operating contributions to the convention centre, including rating options.

The decision comes despite Remarkables Park co-director Alastair Porter’s eleventh hour announcement that the firm will build a convention centre in Frankton.