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Queenstown's main council building will remain closed for another week following a diesel leak on Monday. Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Mike Theelen says the diesel had soaked the carpets and some of the walls in the Gorge St...
Parking in Queenstown is set to become more expensive from December as the council tries to encourage other forms of transport. Queenstown Lakes District Council adopted the new Queenstown Town Centre Transport Strategy at a full council meeting in Wanaka...

Freedom costs campers $440,000

Almost 60 per cent of freedom camping fines issued in the Queenstown Lakes district in the past financial year have been paid. Queenstown council's regulatory boss Lee Webster told the Otago Daily Times a total of 3701 infringement notices had...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...
The National Party says it will take a tougher stand on freedom campers if it is re-elected next month. In Queenstown on Saturday, Prime Minister Bill English said that would include banning vehicles without toilets from parking any more than...
Queenstown's fast-growing airport has launched a pre-emptive strike on nearby housing growth. The resort is grappling with surging population growth and where to put future houses and businesses. But the airport wants the kibosh put on 30-odd requests for more intensive...
The Environment Court says it hasn't found a reason to decline consent for Skyline Enterprises' $100 million-plus gondola redevelopment in Queenstown. But it still hasn't decided the "ultimate question" of whether the tourism giant should get consent. Judge John Hassan and...

Lakeview sale looms

Despite facing a mounting housing crisis, Queenstown's council looks set to sell a prime piece of land near the resort's CBD. In a report to tomorrow's full council meeting, the council's strategic projects boss Paul Speedy recommends the council agree to...
Queenstown council bosses want the resort's tree-lined entrance to be opened up for potential development. In a report to Thursday's full council meeting, planning bosses Tony Avery and Blair Devlin -- who previously ran secret meetings promoting a potential carve-up...
OPINION: The recent PechaKucha chit-chat evening at the Queenstown Memorial Centre was all about Queenstown's town centre. The 24-page brochure exhorted us to talk about its future. We are offered a range of options: an alternative arterial route, passenger transport facilities,...

Wakatipu waste explodes

Queenstown's council has missed – by a mile – its target for reducing waste to landfill. In its 2015 long-term plan, the council set a target of reducing household waste from 188kg per resident to 160kg this year. But instead it...
OPINION: I don't know about you but I'm delighted! The reason that I'm delighted is that I had the great pleasure to fly back into Queenstown after a trip north recently, arriving here at peak rush hour, facing the prospect...
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