High-end camping accommodation that takes revenue from
ratepayers is not the Queenstown Lakes District Council's
business, chief executive Adam Feeley said in a statement.
After a review of the campgrounds, several issues and
recommendations were identified.
''In general, the review found that financial performance is
mixed and in some cases camps lose money and visitor
accommodation is effectively being subsidised by
ratepayers,'' Mr Feeley said.
''Some of the `higher end' holiday parks accommodation,
although of an excellent standard, appears to be in direct
competition with the private sector.''
Mayor Vanessa van Uden said the council was committed to
providing access for everyone to affordable campgrounds.
This was despite the council considering reducing the scale
and manner of council-operated camps.
''Council's intention to provide traditional, affordable,
`Kiwi' camps, as identified in the 2005-06 review and
revisited in 2011-12, has not wavered as a result of this
week's decision,'' Ms van Uden said.
Mr Feeley said some camps were running at a loss and the
council had outstanding debt.
''We have invested over $11 million of capital infrastructure
to date in our district campgrounds, and it would not be
prudent fiscal management to continue that investment when
the ability to service greater debt would be, at best,
financially marginal,'' he said.
Last week the council agreed not to operate camping
facilities which competed ''with equivalent or greater
facilities being operated by the private sector'' and
required ''ratepayers to materially subsidise visitor
accommodation in the district''.
''The next step will involve a detailed report on a preferred
option for the future and scale of [the] council's
involvement in campground management in the district to be
completed before 30 June, 2013,'' he said.
The report would include recommendations to reduce
operational costs at the four main holiday parks of
Queenstown Lakeview, Wanaka Lakeview, Arrowtown and Glendhu
Bay and possibly a commercial arrangement for private