The contest for the Queenstown mayoralty became at least a two-horse race yesterday with former deputy mayor Simon Hayes confirming he will stand against Vanessa van Uden.
The Arthur's Point Protection Society and the Queenstown Lakes District Council are to enter into mediation over how to measure helicopter noise within general noise standards.
People hoping to be the subject of memorials or plaques in the Queenstown Gardens will have stricter criteria to meet under the Queenstown Lakes District Council's new draft plaques, memorials and monuments policy.
Air New Zealand is to write to the Queenstown Lakes District Council with a list of proposals about the future of the Queenstown Airport share-sale deal after "very amicable discussions" in Auckland between the two parties yesterday.
The decision to sell part of the Queenstown Airport Corporation to Auckland International Airport Ltd has been criticised by Queenstown businessmen and the chamber of commerce. Now, three Queenstown Lakes District Council members have added their voices in protest. Cath Gilmour writes.
Queenstown Airport Corporation chairman Mark Taylor said he was "surprised" at comments made by Queenstown businessman John Martin published in the Queenstown Times last Monday, given he allegedly "offered to match" Auckland International Airport Ltd's shareholding on July 9.
People were entitled to express an opinion on the controversial sale of shareholding to Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIAL) from the Queenstown Airport Corporation (QAC), but it was time to look at the "bigger picture", Queenstown businessman Sir Eion Edgar said yesterday.
Mayor Clive Geddes says he is unrepentant about the controversy caused by the sale of Queenstown Airport shares this month, denies the issue is dividing the community and wants people to "focus on the transaction, not the process".
A total of 19 complaints about the smell coming from Wanaka's $21.5 million wastewater treatment facility Project Pure have been lodged with the Otago Regional Council this month.
The discussion to date of the transaction itself in the Queenstown Airport Corporation and Auckland International Airport Ltd (AIAL) strategic alliance has been "scant", Queenstown Lakes District Mayor Clive Geddes said yesterday.
For two weeks, debate has raged in Queenstown over Queenstown Airport Corporation's sale of a new 24.99% shareholding worth $27.7 million to Auckland International Airport Ltd.
Part of Gorge Rd is to get a $1.5 million footpath upgrade, which should improve safety and pedestrian facilities.
The next stage in a controversial proposal to build 758 houses beside the Shotover River was reached this week with a call for public submissions.
Members of the newly-formed Queenstown Community Strategic Assets Group (QCSAG) had no financial interest in Queenstown Airport, group spokesman John Martin said in a "categorical statement" to the Queenstown Times on Friday.
The Queenstown Chamber of Commerce board last night issued a recommendation the Queenstown Lakes District Council investigate whether there had been a breach of Queenstown Airport Corporation's responsibilities under its Statement of Intent.
Queenstown Airport Corporation chairman Mark Taylor said under the board's constitution it "can issue further shares", but it was "good judgement" it did not.
The need for Queenstown Airport to expand in keeping with increasing demand is manifest: the lakes district is the fastest growing area in the South and, reliant on the visitor trade as it largely is, the means must be found to ensure services match growth.
Wastewater facilities at Lake Hawea are scheduled to be upgraded, and a resource consent application is to be lodged with the Otago Regional Council next month.
Project Pure contractors and the Queenstown Lakes District Council are again having to deal with the problem of odour emanating from the $21.5 million Wanaka sewage and wastewater plant after more complaints were received.