Queenstown’s Lakes Enviromental boss confirms resignation

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The lame-duck boss of a disestablished Queenstown council-controlled organisation has confirmed his resignation.

Lakes Environmental chief executive Hamish Dobbie told Mountain Scene he leaves the post on Friday.

“Council’s made a decision that it wants to move forward as a single organisation,” Dobbie says.

“That’s their decision to make and I respect their decision.”

Dobbie says he’s not sure what the future holds for him professionally.

Queenstown’s council confirmed last month it will dissolve both Lakes Environmental Limited and Lakes Leisure Limited, taking services and the majority of their staff back in-house.

The decision comes amid a wide-reaching review of council’s workings.

Council boss Adam Feeley thanked Dobbie for his contribution and wished him well for the future.

“With Hamish’s departure, the priority is to ensure that there is a very quick and smooth transition,” Feeley says.

“In discussion with the board, we will be able to confirm the details of those arrangements very shortly, including the appointment of an interim chief executive to work with QLDC on the transition.”

Feeley says it is important to offer staff some stability in a challenging environment.

“They understand the need for business as usual, and I have no doubt that they will continue to provide a very professional service,” Feeley says.

Council both acts as shareholder and has two directors on the Lakes Environmental board.

“This way we are fully informed regarding the transitional arrangements for bringing Lakes Environmental’s work back to council and able to ensure a business as usual approach.”

Feeley added council’s intention and priority was to ensure a seamless integration for the community, particularly in regard to the consenting process.