Thursday, 15 July 2021

Mayor Boult welcomes $2.4M lakefront investments

The funding will target tourism and recreational infrastructure in the district

Queenstown Lakes Mayor Jim Boult welcomed the announcement of $2.4M in targeted funding for tourism and recreational infrastructure in the district.

At a media stand up hosted at the Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) Chambers, Hon Stuart Nash, Minister of Tourism, announced funding for five South Island Te Waipounamu areas where tourism had been most affected by the absence of international visitors.

Mayor Boult thanked the Minister and said he was grateful that Central Government had once again recognised the significant challenges our community had faced in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am delighted to see this government investment that will benefit some key locations in the district. Not only will this enhance the district’s visitor appeal but there are some real gains for our local communities, such as improving and upgrading the boat ramp facilities at Glenorchy and Lake Wānaka, both of which are well used by many local boaties.”

“The lakefronts have been an area of focus for this funding and this complements much of our own work, such as the Wānaka Lakefront development. I very much look forward to seeing these facilities being enjoyed by locals and visitors alike,” said Mayor Boult.

 

ENDS|KUA MUTU.

Media contact: communications@qldc.govt.nz or call 03 441 1802.

 

FURTHER INFORMATION | Kā pāroko tāpiri:

Total funding for Queenstown Lakes District as a priority area is $2,414, 784, allocated as follows:

  • $375,000 to develop a new drop-off zone for tourism operators, formalised boat trailer parking, new bus bays, safer balustrade from the road to marina and upgraded footpath at Glenorchy Carpark and Marina;
  • $826,000 to upgrade and increase capacity of the public toilets, lighting and signage at Marine Parade, Queenstown;
  • $781,784 for safety upgrades to pedestrian pathways and upgrade to boat ramp and jetty on the Wānaka lakefront;
  • $432,000 to upgrade the Wānaka Tree carpark, improvements to pedestrian and cyclist access through the carpark, sealing of carpark and provision of bus parking.

Information about the Wānaka Lakefront Development Plan can be found here: https://www.qldc.govt.nz/your-council/major-projects/wanaka-lakefront-development-plan