The Wanaka Community Board wants the Queenstown Lakes District Council to explore the purchase of the fire station on Ardmore St. Board chairwoman Rachel Brown suggested on Monday it could be added to the council’s property portfolio in Wanaka as it is next door to other council properties. The new fire station on Ballantyne Rd is due for completion by the end of 2015. The old station’s rateable land value is $800,000, with improvements valued at $90,000.
The Wanaka Community Board has recommended the council should adopt the amended draft Wanaka Lakefront Reserves Management Plan. The recommendation will be considered by the council at its November 30 meeting in Luggate. The plan is controversial in that it paves the way for more buildings on the Roys Bay reserve. A lease over the reserve for a water sports facility is specifically included.
Trail bike riders recovering in hospital
Wanaka trail bike riders Fraser Dowling and Jack Mansfield, both 19, remain in hospital, recovering from injuries received in an accident on Lake Hawea Station on October 5. Dowling has had surgery to his lumbar spine and is now in Burwood Hospital while Mansfield has had surgery to his elbow and is in Dunedin Hospital.
Gigatown reps in Chattanooga
Wanaka businesswomen Kelly Good and Arna Craig are visiting Chattanooga, United States, this week as part of the Gigatown campaign. They will explore the benefits and challenges of gigabitfibre and how it has transformed that city.