In with the new, out with the old station
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.’’