Council to reveal earthquake risks

Earthquake-prone buildings and streets will be revealed by the  Queenstown Lakes District Council at the end of the month.

Late last year the council announced at least 45 buildings in the district were not up to scratch, and gave  owners six weeks to provide evidence to the contrary.

Council communications adviser Rebecca Pitts this week said three owners had confirmed their buildings had been strengthened to at least 34% of national building standards and they had been removed from the list.

"Alongside this activity, council is required to consult on any priority thoroughfares identified as having potentially earthquake-prone, unreinforced masonry buildings, such as routes to and from emergency service providers."

A report will be tabled at a council meeting on January 31 requesting approval for a special consultative procedure, which will allow locals to have their say.

A list of any of the remaining potentially earthquake-prone buildings will be included in that report if they are on the identified priority thoroughfares.

"It is important to note that not all of these remaining 43 buildings relate to a potentially identified priority thoroughfare."

The full list of buildings will also be posted on the council website.

One building in the district already under scrutiny is the Lakes District Museum in Arrowtown.

It was revealed last year the old bank and stables beside the museum, where some of its collection is housed, are earthquake-prone.

A conservation plan and earthquake-strengthening plan have been finished, and work is under way to determine the exact cost of the upgrade for the category 2 heritage building.

- Daisy Hudson

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