Queenstown’s council seeks court space in new primary school

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Queenstown Lakes District Council is keen to upsize a primary school hall for indoor sports groups to use.

The council, in its draft annual plan, proposes spending $1.6 million to double the size of the hall that’s about to be built for the new Shotover Primary School at the Shotover Country subdivision.

The Ministry of Education currently plans to build a half-size indoor court to double as the school hall.

However the council says if the hall was doubled to a full-sized indoor court, it could be used for community netball, basketball, volleyball and tennis.

Potentially that would defer the need to build new courts at the Frankton Events Centre, currently budgeted for 2016-17.

The council says it would also seek community partners to meet some of that $1.6m.

The council adds it has to decide soon whether to allocate this sun because construction of the school is set to start within weeks.

The first stage of the $17 million school opens early next year.