Queenstown’s council

Frankton drive times cut

Road upgrades have cut the driving time between the BP roundabout on State Highway 6 and Queenstown Airport by up to 17 minutes. Last month, the first stage of the Hawthorne Dr extension - linking Remarkables Park to Glenda Dr...
It's great to see Queenstown's council looking at a coordinated town centre plan, writes former district councillor Cath Gilmour. The 24-page 'Imagine Queenstown Town Centre' document contains some good concepts and ideas, many of which have been talked about for...
OPINION: Progress is great, isn't it, David Williams asks. After years of political slumber in Queenstown, of needless cost-cutting and ridiculous attempts to keep rates steady, there seems to be an attitude to roll up the sleeves and get things...
Safety concerns are being raised about Tom Cruise's film crew shooting a helicopter chase for Mission: Impossible 6 near Queenstown. QT Photo Tours owner Blair Pattinson witnessed manoeuvres by three helicopters over and under the Skippers Canyon Bridge for about...
A dozen Queenstown homeowners have been given 28 days to comply with fencing rules - or face fines of up to $750 a day. Queenstown council's enforcement officers initially identified 55 homes in Shotover Country with unlawful fencing. The subdivision's resource...
Discussions by district councillors at last month's council meeting raised some serious concerns for me, writes Keri Lemaire-Sicre. It reinforced what most of us have known for some time. That is, the special housing areas are not providing affordable housing –...

Fast-track fail

Builders, investors and speculators have elbowed first-home buyers out of Queenstown's first special housing area. A Mountain Scene analysis shows only 39 of 135 sections – less than 30 per cent – at fast-tracked subdivision Bridesdale Farm are owned by...
A prime site near the heart of Queenstown sold at auction last Friday for more than $2.2 million, after almost 20 minutes of toe-to-toe bidding. It is believed to be one of the highest sales in the resort in terms of...
More than 2800 residential units could be built along Ladies Mile, near Queenstown, an indicative master plan for the area shows. The council's plan - revealed to media yesterday but initially revealed secretly to landowners - covers an area of 136ha...

$25m bypass road to open

The first section of the long-awaited road linking Remarkables Park and Glenda Drive behind Queenstown Airport will open on Thursday. The first sod was turned on the $25 million eastern access road project on November 3. Queenstown Lakes District Council programme...
OPINION: A mantra I live by in business is: tolerance is the enemy of excellence. Essentially, you get what you tolerate. In life, nothing changes until we reach a threshold whereby we make a decision to no longer tolerate something that...
A prominent Queenstown developer has had its case over "trespassing" rock anchors on its lakeside land dismissed by the Court of Appeal. Lakes Edge Developments, controlled by Chris Meehan's Winton Partners Holdings, challenged a High Court ruling which found rock...
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