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 the district, rather than a piecemeal approach, needs to be a focus for the next council.

One example of that’s development along Ladies Mile – while this council opened it up for housing, proposed special housing areas didn’t get across the line.

Boult says he’s “very comfortable” with Queenstown council’s decision to reject those proposals.

“The issue … related to the amount of traffic on Ladies Mile, the amount of traffic on the Shotover Bridge and we just couldn’t go ahead with any further development in that area until the NZ Transport Agency came up with a solution to it.

“It’s possible that develop-ment will take place there, but, again, we want to have a look at the big picture before we decide what form that might take.”

Boult’s announcement comes on the back of last week’s landmark local visitor levy referendum result, which he lists as one of his highlights while wearing the mayoral chains, but he says he would have put his hand up for re-election even if the result had been different.

Still bubbling away in the background is the Stonewood Homes Ltd litigation.

Liquidators, funded from “external sources”, allege Boult, a former director, and founder Brent Mettrick continued to trade while the company was insolvent.

Both men deny any wrong-doing.

Boult says it’s a civil issue which hasn’t affected his ability to do his job in the past three years “and it won’t this time”.

He was also subject of a smear campaign during the run-up to the 2016 elections, also related to the collapse of Stonewood.

“I’ll be extremely disappointed if I find the same thing happens this time,” he told Scene yesterday.

“Local body politics needs to be better than that.”