Prospective leasing arrangements for the Queenstown Lakes
District Council's four main camping grounds are still being
considered, but the ideal outcome will be private operators
in place by this summer, council chief executive Adam Feeley
Earlier this year, the council called for expressions of
interest for private provision of its camping facilities at
Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown, and Glendhu Bay.
In emails to the Otago Daily Times this week, Mr
Feeley said final proposals to the council from shortlisted
parties were due shortly.
''Following evaluation and negotiations with preferred
party(ies) in September, we hope to be in a position to put
recommended options to council in October.''
Private management of the camps depended on the council
accepting a finalised proposal from one or more parties.
''However ... it would be ideal to have any change in place
to occur prior to the high season for camping to allow a
About 10 expressions of interest were received by the council
several months ago, and Mr Feeley said at the time he was
''pleasantly surprised'' by the high level of interest.
The process follows a review into the council's role in the
operation of its camping grounds, which resulted in an
amendment to its policy so it could no longer run camping
grounds which competed with those operated by the private
sector; or which required significant subsidies from