With 429 submissions received on the proposed Queenstown
convention centre, Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden
said she was ''very encouraged'' about the level of public
After councillors voted at a special meeting last month to
consult the public on the $50 million centre, submissions
opened on August 1 and will end on August 31.
With over a week still to go, 429 submissions ''is a good
number at this stage'', Ms van Uden said.
''It means people are taking the opportunity to have their
say and give us their input,'' she said, and the council
would ''get a better idea about the support or not and about
the issues and opportunities people see with the proposal''.
The council has previously announced a site, known as
Lakeview, above the resort's CBD as the preferred site for
the centre and SkyCity Entertainment is the preferred
Ms van Uden had no expectations as to how many submissions
the council would receive and had not seen what people had
Two days have been set aside - September 3 and 4 - for
The official consultation form firstly asks whether the
submitter agrees or disagrees with the council leading the
development of a convention centre and the second question is
on which site the centre should be built.