Sports cen­tre up in air

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - By CHE BAKER

The Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil may have to re­turn to the draw­ing board on its con­tro­ver­sial $16.7 mil­lion sports cen­tre plans. The Mir­ror un­der­stands an item will fea­ture on the agenda for the new coun­cil’s first meet­ing on Novem­ber 14 in which coun­cil­lors are ex­pected to dis­cuss the pro­posal and coun­cil’s plan to buy more land for the cen­tre. How­ever, coun­cil­lor Calum MacLeod, Wanaka’s high­est polling coun­cil can­di­date from the lo­cal body elec­tions, said it would also be his chance to dis­cuss his cam­paign propo­si­tion to shave $11 mil­lion from the pro­posal. His elec­tion bid con­sisted of rec­om­mend­ing the coun­cil scale back the plans for the cen­tre to $5 mil­lion. How­ever, the coun­cil is pos­si­bly go­ing in a dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion, plan­ning to buy an ex­tra 1.4 hectares of land for the project af­ter changes were made to the build­ing de­sign. Coun­cil voted al­most three years ago to build the cen­tre on the out­skirts of Wanaka at the Three

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