The Crown Range Rd between Arrowtown and Cardrona is
popular with tourists.
Uncertainty hangs over road funding in Queenstown Lakes
district, which could be short-changed by up to $1.4 million.
Queenstown District Lakes Council senior communications
adviser Michele Poole said it had been advised its new
funding rate, under a New Zealand Transport Agency review,
would be 49%.
The new rate is four percentage points higher than it now
But, for the district, the funding formula has as many bends
and twists as some of the roads the money will be spent on.
''The impact on the council's roading budgets is uncertain,''
Ms Poole said.
The district council gets 90% and 100% government funding
respectively for popular tourist routes the Crown Range and
Ms Poole said the council did not know if funding for those
roads would drop to 49%.
''We also receive a higher FAR [funding assistance rate] for
new road works.''
Queenstown Lakes Mayor Vanessa van Uden has told the NZTA the
proposed cuts were ''extremely concerning'' and raised ''real
Also, not enough was known yet about the transitional
The agency's review prompted the council to send a submission
in March outlining its concerns.
At a council meeting in March, transport policy and
stakeholder manager Denis Mander said the submission
''expresses concern that the current proposals do not
consider the economic return from the agency's investment in
our projects and proposals''.
Mr Mander said ratepayers' ability to afford the costs was
relevant but housing and fuel costs ''are relatively high
''In addition, the use of our network is high [due to the
large number of tourists] and the cost of running this
network is met by a relatively small number of ratepayers.''
He also wrote the council was ''concerned that funding
reductions for special purpose roads will shift the funding
burden towards local ratepayers without having regard to the
national benefits of these roads, their contribution to the
state highway network and our inability to apply rates to the
Crown estate [national parks]''.
The agency also proposes to reduce the funding rate for new
roads, which the council submitted would penalise high-growth
areas. It has asked the agency for more information.
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North Otago: Changes cause of concern
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Dunedin: Funding better than expected