In with the new, out with the old sta­tion

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

trust ac­tiv­i­ties, in­clud­ing trap in­stal­la­tion, mon­i­tor­ing, main­te­nance and vol­un­teer support.

With Helle­brek­ers and SHPG on board, the project would even­tu­ally be­come part of a larger an­i­mal pest con­trol project cov­er­ing the Matuk­i­tuki catch­ment, Crom­bie said. Wanaka’s fire sta­tion will prob­a­bly be sold on the open mar­ket, un­less the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil de­cides to req­ui­si­tion it.

Wanaka should have a new fire sta­tion by the end of next year, mak­ing the ex­ist­ing sta­tion sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

The Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board wants the coun­cil to buy it be­cause it is next to other coun­cilowned prop­er­ties on Ard­more St.

New Zealand Fire Ser­vice na­tional prop­erty man­ager Do­minic Hare said there was a ‘‘well-de­fined process’’ for ob­tain­ing Crown prop­erty, in­clud­ing find­ing out if any­one with a prior in­ter­est wanted it.

The prop­erty must also be of­fered to Ngai Tahu un­der Treaty of Wai­tangi pro­cesses.

Hare said the process was ‘‘very ro­bust’’ and trans­par­ent.

Wanaka Com­mu­nity Board chair­woman Rachel Brown has sug­gested a $1 mil­lion pur­chase price, based on a cap­i­tal rate­able val­u­a­tion of $890,000.

Hare said the de­signs for the new sta­tion in Bal­lan­tyne Rd were ‘‘pro­gress­ing well’’.

‘‘We will be ten­der­ing the project and then get­ting un­der­way prob­a­bly, at this stage, in the first quar­ter of 2015,’’ Hare said.

‘‘That all de­pends on how re­source con­sent goes.’’

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