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March, 2022

Queenstowns councils opening the doors to its most prominent recent
purchase, following the Councils recent approval to convert the
property into a multi-purpose community facility.
The open day at 516 Ladies Mile Highway is jointly hosted by the council
and the Lake Hayes Estate and Shotover Country Community
The council bought the 440 square metre house, and the 14.6-hectare
section it sits on, for just under $14 million three years ago.
Its committed to transforming the former Walker family home into a
multi-purpose community facility, with the balance of the property to
be used for sports fields and, potentially, a park-and-ride.
QLDC General Manager Community Services Dr Thunes Cloete said the
event was an opportunity for people to walk around the site, talk to the
team involved and provide feedback on the concept plans.
The project will provide a much-needed centre for this growing
community. As such its essential we hear from as many different local
groups and individuals as possible to ensure it suits their needs now and
in the future, he said.
At this stage were really keen to hear what people think about the
immediate plans to transform the old house itself, creating spaces for
meetings and other activities. But were also interested in discussing
ideas about longer-term uses for the open spaces around the whole
Entry is off Howards Drive, opposite Queenstown Country Club. There is
very limited car parking on Howards Drive and people are encouraged to
walk or cycle if they are able.
Councillors declined a request this month by the Ministry of Education
to use all or part of the site for a future high school, preferring instead
its retained for community use, however the ministry could still go
through a compulsory acquisition process under the Public Works Act.
Online feedback on the project  pegged for completion in October 
opened on Friday at letstalk.qldc.govt.nz, while plans will be available
to the public at todays open day, which runs from 1pm till 3pm.

Source: Mountain Scene


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