The number of houses being built in Queenstown and Wanaka is
increasing, which is having positive effects on Lakes
Environmental's financial report.
Yesterday, councillors at Queenstown Lakes District Council's
finance and corporate committee meeting heard that Lakes
Environmental's six-month report was ''a vast improvement''
on the corresponding time last year.
Since that time, more services had been made available
online, costs had been tightened and there was a ''slow but
steady increase in consent volumes'', Lakes Environmental
chairwoman Anne Urlwin said.
Lakes Environmental chief executive Hamish Dobbie said the
number of houses being built was increasing ''on both sides
of the hill''.
In the chairman's half yearly report presented to the
council, Ms Urlwin said financial performance for the
half-year was a net surplus before tax of $162,435, which was
''a pleasing improvement'' on the previous corresponding
''Revenue for the half-year to December 31, 2012, was
$3,692,040 compared to $3,523,580 in the same period last
Although a fixed-price regime for resource consents had not
yet been adopted, Lakes Environmental was hopeful this would
The outlook for the remainder of the financial year was for
consent volumes to continue at similar levels to the first
half, Lakes Environmental predicted.