Infrastructure Investment Programme

Infrastructure

Infrastructure

The Council has requested contributions from the Crown Infrastructure Partners’ “shovel ready” fund for key infrastructure projects throughout the district. Nationally the fund will support infrastructure projects which are ready to go within the next six to 12 months and will add significant value to the nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis.

Five “pipelines” of investment have been submitted for consideration to support 1,300 jobs. The proposals are outlined below:

$85M received to support 320 jobs

On 26 June 2020, the first announcement of CIP funding including $50M towards Stage 1 of the arterials estimated to support 190 jobs and $35M towards the streetscapes component of the Queenstown Town Centre Transformation estimated to support 130 jobs.

This contribution from the Crown Infrastructure Partners is a substantial boost to the transformation of Queenstown’s Town Centre and potentially enables stage one of the proposed Queenstown arterial road to begin construction within 12 months. These are projects that will bring many benefits for locals and, when they return, international visitors. More information below.

  • Work will start in September 2020 to transform the Queenstown town centre streets into high quality public spaces that are safe and accessible for everyone.   

    Street upgrades are planned for  Brecon Street, Rees Street, Beach Street, Park Street and Hotops Rise. 

    Read more about the project here.

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  • The Queenstown arterial project is the cornerstone enabling project that will sustainably transform the town centre, which lays the foundation for the following investments: upgrade of car parks, removal of car parking from the town centre, local road improvements, and diversion of traffic away from the town centre, footpath upgrades, and beautification. It will provide strong connections to the town centre from nearby reserves and paths, promote public transport through supporting the establishment of a new transportation hub and active travel modes. Designation of the route will confirm investment and certainty for public and private development, and will signal the initiation of other town centre projects, public and private.

    Planning on next steps is currently underway.

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  • Supporting the Cardrona Wastewater Pipeline Project and Cardrona Wastewater Treatment Plant will enable a compliant wastewater scheme in the resort town.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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Other projects supporting Urban growth

The below projects offer valuable opportunities to optimise infrastructure ahead of any return to growth - achieving more affordable housing choices, well designed neighbourhoods and promote active travel and public transport:

  • Frankton acts as an important convergence point and critical transport node where several traffic routes meet. It has significant plan enabled capacity.  The Frankton, Queenstown Town Event Centre and Queenstown Airport Master plans include the following; state highway and local road improvements, public transport hub, paths and connections, lake front improvements, community facility hubs and services, Event Centre upgrades, airport terminal upgrades and significant increases in residential capacity. It is an example of an integrated pipeline of works that covers a broad range of activities / outcomes.

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  • The Southern Corridor, has a plan enabled capacity of greater than 5,000 residential units and there is potential for this area to expand and provide a long term housing pipeline. It is also an area with a planned commercial centre, the location of a new primary school and has significant capacity for a range of commercial activities (including visitor accommodation) and industrial activities, and recreational activities.  This pipeline of investment includes new public transport and active travel networks, state highway and local road improvements, three waters, power and telecommunications upgrades, and social infrastructure (including new primary school, community facilities and parks).

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  • Te Putahi (Eastern Corridor) is located to the east of Frankton and is separated by the Shotover River. It is an area of a medium scale greenfield development project of approximately 1,500 to 2,500 residential units, a commercial node, community facilities and parks, and potentially the site of new primary school and private/public hospital provision. This pipeline is an exciting opportunity to showcase a well-integrated land use / public transport system with modal shift and land efficiency being its two key drivers. 

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  • This 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.

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