Do not relocate council services into the Wanaka Library,
the town's community board has urged.
Queenstown Lakes District Council consultants have
recommended integrating customer services with the district's
libraries. However, supporters of the Wanaka Library - and
now the Wanaka Community Board - have rejected the
The board's submission to the council's draft annual plan
appears on the agenda for its meeting tomorrow, signed by
chairwoman Rachel Brown.
It states there is ''no appetite in Wanaka'' to move the QLDC
customer services staff from their prominent position at the
front of the existing Ardmore St council offices.
''The close interface with council staff serves everyone well
and enables customer service to be delivered successfully ...
we totally endorse keeping customer services staff at Ardmore
The board said the Wanaka community had made it clear it
supported retention of all current library services, albeit
with a desire for increased opening hours in the evenings at
both Wanaka and Hawea to accommodate daytime workers.
''There is no appetite for the inclusion of other council
customer services at our libraries.''
The board also endorsed, among other things, increased funds
allocated to Lake Wanaka Tourism to ''start approaching ward
equity''; $20,000 allocated to the Albert Town Lagoon
landscape plan; $40,000 allocated to change the layout of the
traffic flow at the Wanaka Wastebusters/transfer station
site; and spending any leftover Otta seal budget on
incrementally extending the seal on Mt Aspiring Road towards
the national park.
It requested a budget item for a CBD/lakefront boundary
development plan and an irrigation plan for the Wanaka
Realigning the unsafe Riverbank/Ballantyne Rd intersection
was a priority for the board, as was tidying the Pembroke
Park end of Brownston St and completing those works this