$800k feature lights for Queen St
Auckland’s Queen Street may soon by glowing under new festive lights that would cost about $300,000 of ratepayer money.
Auckland Council has agreed in principle to a concept to light 118 trees and 70 street poles on Queen St between Customs St to Mayoral Drive in Auckland’s CBD.
The estimated cost to install the lights is $800,000 and ongoing maintenance would be managed by Auckland Council.
The proposal, worked on by publicly funded business group Heart of the City, recommended $300,000 of ratepayer money be spent on installation.
Another $300,000 will come from Heart of the City. The remaining $200,000 for the project is proposed to come from a private commercial sponsor.
Auckland Council’s Auckland City Centre Advisory Board agreed in principle of the proposal on December 8.
The board’s open agenda said the lights would play an important role in the growth of the city centre.
‘‘The Queen Street lights would add vibrancy to the evolving city landscape and create a new opportunity to celebrate Christmas and other occasions throughout the year,’’ the agenda said.
The lights will be used for events including Christmas, New Year, Diwali and Anzac Day.
Under the proposed funding model ratepayers will pay about $300,000 for the lights.