It would be ''unfortunate from a competition point of
view'' if two convention centres were built in Queenstown, but
the private developer behind the Remarkables Park centre says
Remarkables Park co-director Alastair Porter had ''no doubt''
his centre would be more cost-efficient in both construction
and operating costs and therefore, ''we aren't concerned from
a competition point of view''.
He declined last week to provide a dollar amount for his
The cost of the Queenstown Lakes District Council-led centre
is estimated at $55.5 million and government assistance is
The Remarkables Park proposal was made public on the eve of
the council's decision last September to lead the development
of a centre. The council is pushing ahead with its own centre
at a site above the central business district in Queenstown
known as Lakeview.
On Thursday at a meeting in Wanaka, Queenstown Lakes District
Council councillors voted to put the proposed centre into the
draft annual plan.
Council chief executive Adam Feeley told the meeting those
behind the Frankton centre had ''shared'' very limited
on Friday Mr Porter said a five-page ''commentary'' was given
to the council ahead of the meeting.
''I think we've shared quite a lot of information,
personally,'' Mr Porter said.
Mr Feeley responded by saying the commentary provided
''a lot of assertations, a couple of drawings and not much
else''. Definitive facts and figures were necessary if the
council was to consider the Remarkables Park centre ahead of
its own, he said.
''We just don't have that [from Remarkables Park].''
As to whether two centres were sustainable, Mr Feeley said
the Remarkables Park centre was more likely to compete with
existing conference facilities.
However, Mr Porter earlier told the Otago Daily Times
the council was underestimating the scale of his centre.
Mr Porter said the resource consent application for the
Remarkables Park centre would be lodged with the council in
May, having first gone through a design review board.
The reason it had not been lodged earlier was because the
site was recently changed to one across the road from the
Roading networks had been redesigned to accommodate the
centre and Mr Porter said hotels were likely to be built