Queenstown Lakes District Council elected members are being asked to
approve consultation on the potential disposal of parts of the
Queenstown Events Centre (QEC) and adjoining Frankton Golf Centre
(FGC) to Waka Kotahi New Zealand Transport Agency.
The disposal will support delivery of part of the Government funded
$115M NZUP Queenstown Package.
The Crown through the Department of Conservation (DOC) owns portions
of the land affected by this proposal, which includes approximately
2,493m2 of the QEC land and approximately 8,230m2 of FGC land.
QLDC General Manager Community Services Thunes Cloete said the
council had been working with Waka Kotahi for a number of years to
design upgrades along State Highway 6 and 6A, to provide dedicated
public transport infrastructure and support people to choose more
environmentally friendly ways to travel.
As part of this work Waka Kotahi has requested to acquire parts of the
Queenstown Events Centre and Frankton Golf Centre to support
significant intersection upgrades through to the existing BP roundabout.
The council-owned events centre land is listed as a strategic asset in
the QLDC significance and engagement policy meaning we need to
formally consider the request and consult with the community.
While QLDC doesnt own the land the Frankton Golf Centre sits on, it
does manage it on behalf of the Crown and community. We think its
important people get the chance to have a say on the whole picture of
how the land could be affected by the proposed transport improvements
and have chosen to include it as part of the formal consultation process.
Our intention is to provide all feedback to both the Department of
Conservation and Waka Kotahi as part of the decision making process,
Dr Cloete said.
Disposing of the FGC land will require modifications to the golf facility.
Weve worked closely with golf course designers on options to
reorientate the facility to ensure we can maintain a quality golfing
experience for the community, Dr Cloete said.
The proposed layout would see the golf centre changing to an eight-
hole facility with a driving range. Specifically, it would lose the current
first and ninth hole and allow for improvements to the putting green.
A suggested layout will be included with the consultation information.
Well continue to assess potential alternatives, and community feedback
before settling on the preferred interim layout of the golf course, he
If approved at Thursdays full council meeting, a six-week formal
consultation process will begin on June 3.