143 Qtown apart­ments for ski workers


In­stead of com­mut­ing 60km from Cromwell, NZ Ski workers might be able to live in the heart of Queen­stown next sea­son, the com­pany’s boss says.

NZ Ski chief ex­ec­u­tive Paul An­der­son said the 2016 workers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion plan did not work, with only 20 workers choos­ing to live in the pro­vided ac­com­mo­da­tion out of town.

The com­pany, which owns Mt Hutt, Coronet Peak and the Re­mark­ables, would not be build­ing their own ac­com­mo­da­tion, but would ‘‘en­cour­age’’ de­vel­op­ers to build, he said.

‘‘There are some se­ri­ous de­vel­op­ers look­ing in town at what to do,’’ An­der­son said at the post win­ter up­date meet­ing with Queen­stown Cham­ber of Com­merce on Thurs­day.

There were a few op­tions on host­ing about 900 sea­sonal workers, with a Gorge Rd devel­op­ment high on the list, An­der­son said.

‘‘The devel­op­ment down Gorge Rd is a po­ten­tial one. That’s a great devel­op­ment, but there are a few oth­ers. There’s good land avail­able in Frank­ton and a few more sites in town,’’ he said.

The 143-apart­ment devel­op­ment on Gorge Rd re­ceived re­source con­sent two weeks ago.

Manag­ing direc­tor of New Ground Cap­i­tal and de­vel­oper Roy Thomp­son said the con­struc­tion had been planned to start in Novem­ber but was de­layed by at least a month.

It in­volved two six level build­ings ad­ja­cent to Queen­stown Hill re­serve and was there­fore deemed to be sen­si­tive land.

Be­cause 70 per


of in­vestors were from Aus­tralia, the devel­op­ment re­quired Over­seas In­vest­ment Of­fice ap­proval.

‘‘The ap­pli­ca­tion process is very long and very un­cer­tain so we are seek­ing al­ter­na­tive in­vestors,’’ Thomp­son said.

The first build­ing was planned to be oc­cu­pied by De­cem­ber next year, with the sec­ond com­plex completed pre-win­ter 2018, he said.

‘‘It’s po­ten­tially doable but it’s look­ing pretty tight.’’

Cham­ber chief ex­ec­u­tive Ann Lock­hart said workers’ ac­com­mo­da­tion wasn’t a ‘‘quick fix’’ and could take from one to two years.

She said ac­com­mo­da­tion in town and heav­ily sub­sidised public trans­port had to be pro­vided.

The cham­ber was work­ing closely with em­ploy­ers and coun­cil to fix the press­ing is­sue, she said.

An artist’s im­pres­sion of the $30 mil­lion devel­op­ment in Queen­stown. Two build­ings with 143 apart­ments are planned to be completed by win­ter 2018.

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