Queenstown Lakes District Council

City Hall won't say if it'll take action against its former waste contractor after issues with the new site have caused headaches across the board. The new system, announced last June and introduced on July 1, sees contents of our...

‘Clip wings’

A former councillor says Queenstown's council has a legal duty to take charge of its airport's future direction. Cath Gilmour argues that councillors' controversial recent 6-to-5 vote to "receive" Queenstown Airport Corporation's statement of intent (SOI), on condition it take...
Grant Scannell's decided to chuck his hat in the ring for this year's local body elections – and says he'll have to learn how to be "PC" if he's elected as a councillor. Scannell, 49, thought about standing in 2016...

New council nominee

The first hand has gone up for the soon-to-be-vacant Arrowtown council seat. Arrowtown accountant Heath Copland has announced he will stand for the Queenstown Lakes District Council in the local government elections in October. He will contest the seat currently held...
Queenstown's council has developed a wide-ranging action plan to tackle the impacts of climate change. Detailed in the draft plan are activities for the council and other sectors to act on over the next three years, primarily to respond to...
Queenstown councillor Alexa Forbes will not seek re-election, and is instead eyeing a seat on the Otago Regional Council. Forbes was first elected in 2013, and has served two terms on the Queenstown District Council. She will stand for the Dunstan...

Boult’s hat in ring

Jim Boult's not satisfied. The one-term mayor announced yesterday he wants to remain in the hot seat for another three years, citing worker accommodation and spatial planning as two things that haven't been "adequately addressed". He tells Mountain Scene masterplanning for...

Plastic drastic fix

Queenstown's council is in talks with its lawyers over a $2.6 million swimming pool repair job – while it's emerged the same design team was involved in another pool with problems. Council-funded Alpine Aqualand, at the Events Centre, closed to...
A Queenstown homeowner's losing patience with the council over an underground water leak, which has been getting progressively worse for months. Simon Robertshawe, who's owned a property on Veint Crescent – off Frankton Road and Suburb Street – for about...
A 5% visitor levy would raise $22.5 million a year for easing the burden of infrastructure on Queenstown Lakes district ratepayers, the council says. At a media briefing on the proposed levy this morning, Mayor Jim Boult said the council...
A Queenstown council manager's in a stoush with neighbours over two "eyesore" containers on his Gibbston property, one of which his family lives in. Gareth Noble's had the structures, highly visible from the highway, on his Wentworth Estate land for...
Queenstown's councillors have drawn a line in the sand over development on Ladies Mile, and sent a strong message to the NZ Transport Agency, over concerns about traffic and transport infrastructure. Councillors voted to decline three Special Housing Area (SHA)...
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