Queenstown Lakes District Council

Discharges into the Shotover River from Queenstown's multi-million dollar sewage treatment plant have breached environmental standards. The $30 million high-tech plant was officially opened in February. But Queenstown's council admits discharges of treated wastewater into the river didn't meet contamination limits...
A Queenstowner's calling out three local outfits for being slack on graffiti. Robbie Cornes reckons Queenstown's council, the NZ Transport Agency and Aurora Energy are letting the resort down. For the past five years, Cornes has taken the issue into his own...
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult is hoping the launch of a competition between business owners in the district will tidy up the towns and lower crime rates. Mr Boult announced the "Pride in your Premises'' initiative yesterday, which aims to...

Neighbours not happy

Queenstown’s Department of Conservation operations manager has admitted there are challenges around managing a popular reserve in the resort. Speaking at a public meeting on Monday night Geoff Owen addressed residents and users of Tucker Beach just off State Highway...

Leaky homes splash

A whopping $7.7 million of Queenstown ratepayers' money was earmarked for leaky building cases last year. That's the equivalent of $340 on every rateable property in the district. But City Hall is keeping schtum on the details. Finance boss Stewart Burns won't...

Mayoral donor unmasked

No further action will be taken against a Queenstown mayoral candidate after he resubmitted his electoral expenses return. Last month the Otago Daily Times reported Roger Tompkins had filed a 'nil return' in respect of donations over $1500. Under the Local...

Boult’s open council move

Queenstown's new mayor has named his deputy and re-introduced standing committees - removing a level of secrecy. Mayor Jim Boult was sworn in this afternoon and made Cr Calum MacLeod his deputy. Boult also reinstated four standing committees, which will come...

Biz lobby in free bus push

A Queenstown business lobby is pushing for fully-subsidised buses between Lake Hayes Estate and Fernhill. DowntownQT believes free public transport will clear up chronic traffic congestion in the resort and help the CBD become more pedestrian-friendly. The business group also wants...
Queenstowners have thrown the local council under the bus. The latest annual residents survey results – quietly added to the council's website this week– have burned Queenstown's council. The report reveals satisfaction levels have dropped across the board. An alarming 19 per...
OPINION: So, elections are on Saturday, October 8. A bouquet and a brickbat for our departing council. A bunch of flowers on the partial completion of our district's sewage treatment system. We are told it will be safe to swim in –...

Cracks over company jobs

Company board roles have flared as a Queenstown Lakes mayoral issue. Businessman Jim Boult tells Mountain Scene if he's elected he plans to stay a director of tourism giant Real Journeys and construction firm Hawkins Construction, which has a Queenstown...
Let the silly season begin. Or perhaps it started once election hoardings were put up, defaced and taken down? I don't know. Anyway, a stack of public meetings are arranged – attended mainly, it seems, by those who like watching TV One...
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