The existing public toilets at Earnslaw Park, in Queenstown, which will be replaced by next winter. Photo by Tracey Roxburgh.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council is seeking proposals
for a 2.6m space of "prime" Queenstown lakefront - in the new
Earnslaw Park toilet block.
Community services manager Paul Wilson said the council was
looking for a "big idea" to fill the small space, which had
been set aside to be used as a business or service kiosk, he
The new public toilets would be constructed on the site of
the existing toilets and open in time for the 2013 Queenstown
The council's expressions of interest document said the
toilets would be of a "modern and attractive design", with 10
"all gender cubicles" and two wheelchair accessible toilets
They would be cleaned four times a day by the council and
would be rated "zero tolerance to graffiti".
"Within the building, facing southwest on to Earnslaw Park,
will be the kiosk space."
The kiosk area would be separate to the toilets and include a
separately metered single phase power supply, a telephone
line, a water tap and basin and space for fixed signage.
The council previously rejected a proposed cafe on the park,
due to public opinion considering that unnecessary, but it
elected to seek proposals for the small kiosk space, which
would take up a small portion of the toilets' service alley.
Possible future businesses included a news stand, florist,
art/craft retail - or a fruit stall, the latter Mr Wilson
described as a "colourful example".
"No doubt there are other uses we haven't even thought of,"
he said. The Queenstown Trail ends there ... a bike hire
business or a guiding bike business to operate from there [is
"It's a great site with lots of potential.
"It's just something a bit different for Queenstown."
All proposals would be considered in terms of how they
increased the amenities of Earnslaw Park, with criteria
including "the compatibility of the proposal with public
toilets", Mr Wilson said.
Once proposals had been received the council would consider
if they were appropriate for the site given the reserve
status of the land and the likely public benefit of the
"If the council receives a proposal that it considers
worthwhile, then it will seek public submissions on the
intention to grant a lease as set out in the Reserves Act
1977," the document said.
Mr Wilson said any issues concerning the potential activity
located beside public toilets would be dealt with through the
If the council elected to accept a proposal following the
submission process, a lease would be negotiated and the
council would work to enable the business to operate on or
before June 20.
"If having considered public submissions, the council elects
not to proceed with the granting of a lease, then the request
for proposal process will terminate."
The request for proposals will close on December 21.