With Wakatipu High School relocating to Frankton and future
population growth projected to centre around the suburb, the
Queenstown Lakes District Council has decided to discuss the
idea of a shared library with the school.
At the council's meeting in Wanaka last week Cr Cath Gilmour
was successful in adding to the list of recommendations
passed that the council should begin discussions with the
Ministry of Education and the high school's board on sharing
The council's library task force produced recommendations
from its review of the district's library services.
One, to ''strengthen the library's role as a community hub'',
included building one at Frankton.
''There has been discussion for some years about a new
library at Frankton,'' the review said.
A business case needed to assess whether there were
partnership opportunities for a shared facility.
''If the new school is considered an ideal partner, this will
mean moving quickly to develop the case and bring forward any
The review added another option was to locate the library
next to the Events Centre ''to make a big hub for council
community and recreational services''.
An estimated cost of $3 million for a Frankton library was
included in the review but the cost could be reduced if a
partnership could be agreed.
In the ''long term'' five years plus recommendation, the
review urged the council to build a Frankton library and seek
to include related facilities such as a learning centre and a
Council senior communications adviser Michele Poole said the
budget for a library at Frankton was in the council's 10-year
plan as a project for 2019 and the timing would be examined
in the next long-term plan, in a year.
The new school would be opening in 2018.
Speaking after the meeting, Cr Gilmour said discussion was
needed earlier and that was the reason for the added
''We need to start the discussion with the Ministry of
Education and the high school board pretty much straight
away. It isn't going to be something that we can put off for