The Queenstown Lakes District Council is considering bumping
up the commercial charges for use of the newly renovated
Queenstown Memorial Hall, and it may employ a manager in
Lakes Leisure Ltd events and venues manager Jason Marrable
outlined the increased charges to the council's community
services committee in Wanaka yesterday, and the committee
adopted his recommendations.
Under the new schedule, the current $1555, plus GST, full-day
rate for the whole venue would rise to $2500, plus GST, and
the main auditorium would increase from $1270 to $2000.
The council has almost completed a $3.1 million upgrade of
the hall and an official opening is planned for March 16.
Mr Marrable said the charge would still be less than other
similar venues in Queenstown and reflected the fact the venue
would be much more ''usable and attractive''.
The venue has not had a manager in the past, but Mr Marrable
believed it was important one was employed - initially
part-time - to ''protect the customer experience''.
''It will be a managed venue. It won't be 'here's the key and
Committee member Russell Mawhinney asked for an assurance the
money generated from the increased charges would not go
simply to paying a manager's wages.
''We want more than that."
Lakes Leisure is also seeking to change the name to the
''Queenstown Memorial Centre''.
• The committee also adopted a Lakes Leisure recommendation
that a new ''wedding rate'' charge of $1720, including GST,
be imposed on users of the Lake Hayes Pavilion during the
peak December to May wedding season.
Mr Marrable said wedding planners in the area supported the
Two weddings are held at the pavilion each weekend in the
season and two-thirds of couples come from elsewhere in New
Zealand or Australia.
Local couples will continue to be charged $650.