The long-awaited decision on whether ratepayers' money
will be committed to the proposed $50 million Queenstown
convention centre could be made next March.
Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Adam Feeley
says the decision will be made by councillors - half of whom
are newly elected - who next week would be given documents
about the centre to add to their Christmas reading lists.
The documents include options for a master plan for the
development of a centre at a site known as Lakeview above the
resort's centre, resource consent options and issues for the
site, possible transport implications and infrastructure
issues which may arise from the centre.
Earlier this year Mr Feeley said if everything went to plan,
the foundations for the centre at Lakeview could be laid at
the beginning of 2015, but yesterday he reiterated that
because the council had yet to commit to the project and half
of the councillors were new, that was unlikely.
''At the earliest [a decision] could be made in March,'' Mr
Feeley said yesterday. The first sod could be turned about a
year and a-half later.
Come March, councillors could decide instead to defer the
project and he added some councillors were ''further down''
the decision-making track than others.
In September, before the local body elections, councillors
voted unanimously to keep the dream of a convention centre
for the CBD alive.
They voted in support of the Lakeview proposal, resolving the
council would lead the development, subject to Government
funding and the council's approving a master plan, business
plan and a preferred rating model to fund the council's
The same day they voted, Remarkables Park co-director
Alastair Porter spoke at the extraordinary council meeting's
public forum, vowing to a lodge consent application for a
competing centre he had publicly proposed for Frankton the
Yesterday, Mr Porter said Remarkables Park expected to file a
consent application for its centre ''in the early part of