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February, 2022

Queenstown Lakes District Councillors have given the green light for
work to begin on a new community centre at 516 Frankton-Ladies Mile
Highway after approving a budget of just over $3.6m at the full council
meeting earlier this month.
Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) General Manager Community
Services Dr Thunes Cloete added that resource consent had also been
granted for the centre.
With these important approvals in place we can now proceed with
retrofitting the existing house on the property into a multi-purpose
facility made up of spaces for meetings and other community uses, Dr
Cloete said.
A concept plan has been developed for the building and the next step
will be to work with the community to ensure the facility meets the
needs of our local people both in the short and longer term, he said.
The wider 14-hectare site will play an integral part in supporting the
needs of the growing Whakatipu community and was clearly identified
by local residents as appropriate for community use through the Te
Pktahi Ladies Mile Masterplan process.
Lake Hayes and Shotover Community Association Chair Anita Golden said
she was delighted to see Council investing in a much-needed facility for
local residents and groups.
A place to come together and connect with others has been listed as
key priority by our residents over many years. We look forward to
continuing to work with QLDC and our community members in
developing the form and function of the centre. Thank you to all the
staff and Councillors who have helped make this project a reality, said
Ms. Golden.
A community open day in the next few weeks will allow interested
people to tour the site and talk through the immediate plans to retrofit
the property as well as providing ideas for longer term uses for the
wider site.
QLDC will also open up expressions of interest from local community
groups who would like to use the new centre in the future.
Full details of the community open day and expression of interest
process will be shared in the coming weeks.
The new centre is expected to be available for use by October this year.


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