Leasing arrangements for the Queenstown Lakes District
Council's four main camping grounds could be known in ''a
matter of days'', the council's chief executive, Adam Feeley,
Mr Feeley said the council had a preferred party it was
negotiating with and if an agreement could not be reached the
council would go to the second ''credible'' party.
Earlier this year, the council called for expressions of
interest for private provision of its camping facilities at
Queenstown, Wanaka, Arrowtown, and Glendhu Bay.
The process followed 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
Mr Feeley has previously said some of the camping grounds
were running at a loss.
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 Otago Daily Times reported in May that discussions in the
lead-up phase indicated there were people interested in
running all four of the council-owned camping grounds, or
running either the two in the Wakatipu basin or the two in
the Upper Clutha area.
When asked yesterday whether the one preferred party would be
running all four camping grounds, Mr Feeley said he ''can't
quite comment on that'' and ''it will become apparent in some
shape or form'' when an announcement is made about the
''There's slightly different arrangements depending on who it
Mr Feeley was given permission by the council to sign a
contract with a party if it got to that point, and yesterday
he said ''resolving the initial negotiation'' was imminent.
Either an agreement would be reached or if ''there are a
couple of show stoppers ... we'll go back to the other
When asked whether Creeksyde holiday park owner Erna
Spijkerbosch had been given a management contract for the
Queenstown Lakeview holiday park, Mr Feeley said he could not
Ms Spijkerbosch said she had ''no knowledge of that''.