QLDC seeking $68m for infrastructure developments.

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The Queenstown Lakes District Council is requesting $68M in contributions from the Crown Infrastructure Partners’ “shovel ready” fund for key infrastructure projects throughout the district.

It hopes to kick-start the district’s economy with Government funding, bringing in over 1,600 jobs and upwards of $1b in economic benefits.

Mayor Jim Boult applauded the Government on its speedy introduction of the programme and the scale of the funding being made available.

“I and many of the Council team, have been working closely with Central Government to advocate for significant support across our district. Our district could be hit far worse than most with over 50% of all jobs in tourism, food, accommodation or construction sectors. Investment in these much-needed infrastructure projects will have an important role in supporting the district, both socially and economically, as we move to a new post-Covid-19 normal.”

“I am delighted and reassured that our call-to-arms is being heard by Ministers and Central Government officials, and I am confident that with their support, and the hard work and commitment of the Council staff, that we can help build a foundation for our community to come out the other side in a strong position,” Mayor Boult said.

Five “pipelines” of investment have been submitted for consideration, where Government support for early “shovel ready” components will allow Council to proceed with the remainder of the investment over the coming years. Proposals include:

Transform the Queenstown Town Centre. The key part of this will be the designation and development of the first stages of the Queenstown arterials which will lay the foundation for the enhanced town centre, as well as improving traffic flow and supporting a new public transport hub for the town centre. Other aspects include upgraded streetscaping and public amenity improvements, improved car parking and local road improvements to support mixed-mode travel.

Fast track an upgrade to the Shotover Delta Waste Water Treatment Plant which will see the oxidation ponds decommissioned, which allows the repurposing of about ten hectares of land into a ‘Zero Waste’ Kimiakau Community Eco Park including a materials recovery facility and other recycling facilities.

Support the Cardrona Wastewater Pipeline Project and Cardrona Wastewater Treatment Plant to enable a compliant wastewater scheme in the resort town.

Enhance the Wānaka Lakefront providing strong connections to the Wānaka town centre. It will promote active travel modes, host a range of recreational activities, enhance ecology and increase the visibility of Kāi Tahu through lakefront design, reflecting the importance of the lake to mana whenua. The proposal focuses on fast-tracking the later stages of the proposed lakefront development.

Upgrades and new sport, cultural and recreational facilities at the Queenstown Events Centre. Fast-tracked elements include two new artificial turfs, four new outdoor hardcourts, new and upgraded grass sports fields and improved access and parking, with later investment by QLDC including a new renewable waste water heat recovery system, two new indoor courts.

Mayor Boult said that these projects were critical not only in themselves but in providing confidence to the market to continue their investment in the district.

“A number of private developers have also made project applications to the CIP process, and we are encouraged by the continued confidence shown by investors in the district in these difficult times,” he said.