The provision of ultrafast broadband to the Wanaka CBD is not
yet a done deal, and the Queenstown Lakes District Council is
still to approve its financial contribution.
The Wanaka Chamber of Commerce announced at Labour Weekend an
agreement with telecommunications infrastructure company
Chorus to provide UFB nodes to 162 business premises by the
middle of next year.
Chamber chairman Alistair King told the Otago Daily
Times at the time the initiative, by a group of Wanaka
business people, had the backing of the council, but he
declined to discuss the financial arrangements.
Yesterday, Mr King said the backing from the council was in
the form of a letter from Queenstown Mayor Vanessa Van Uden
and deputy mayor Lyal Cocks supporting the initiative and a
potential council contribution of up to $120,000.
The letter went on to say council funding was subject to the
annual plan process, something that will not be finalised
''We're not foreseeing that they are going to say, `no','' Mr
''As far as we are concerned, it is a done deal.''
Ms Van Uden said the proposal had to go through the annual
plan process, so the community had a chance to have its say,
but she believed the UFB plan was a ''wonderful opportunity''
Mr King said if the council decided not to contribute, the
$120,000 could be covered by a small contribution from each
of the 162 business premises that would benefit from a UFB