Community Guides Return

Date:
Nov 17, 2009

Community guides will return to the streets of Queenstown this week, in time for the busy summer season.

“Through the 10-Year-Plan submission process, the council included funding for the resumption of the role that was first introduced last year on a trial basis and funded through the Ministry of Justice,” Queenstown Lakes District Council general manager communities Paul Wilson said.

The seven month contract (November-May) to deliver the role, three nights a week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday) was with security company Armourguard.

“These guides are employed under contract by the Council. They will be wearing special uniforms that carry the council logo,’ Mr Wilson said.

The guides would be highly visible with the words ‘community guide’ emblazoned on their uniform.

“They will start working a 9pm to 3am shift, moving to a 5am finish from Christmas through to March when they will revert back to 3am finishing,” Mr Wilson said.

The guides would be on hand to give assistance to the community and to add a calming influence to the CBD. They would also act to assist in monitoring the liquor ban (no alcohol on town centre streets or Queenstown Gardens from 10pm to 8am from December 10).

“We hope to see a ‘drop off’ in petty crime and vandalism and to enhance the sense that Queenstown is a safe place to be at night,” Mr Wilson said.

The council considered the trial last year had added real value to the ‘night scene’. The council agreed that it was important to fund the same service in 2009/2010.

ENDS

For further information please contact Paul Wilson 03 441 0499.

By: Kiri