Re­port with gon­dola hint gets QLDC nod

Otago Daily Times - - REGIONS - DAISY HUD­SON

A RE­PORT as­so­ci­ated with Queen­stown’s $385 mil­lion town cen­tre mas­ter plan that hints at the pos­si­bil­ity of a gon­dola from the town cen­tre to Queen­stown Air­port has been ap­proved by the Queen­stown Lakes Dis­trict Coun­cil.

Coun­cil­lors unan­i­mously voted to ap­prove the re­sort’s town cen­tre ‘‘spa­tial frame­work’’ at a full coun­cil meet­ing yes­ter­day .

The frame­work pro­vides back­ground and con­text to the mas­ter plan.

There was lit­tle dis­cus­sion among coun­cil­lors be­fore ap­prov­ing the frame­work, other than praise from coun­cil­lor Alexa Forbes, who called it ‘‘a beau­ti­ful piece of work’’.

‘‘It’s very fu­ture­for­ward.’’

Also in­cluded in the re­port is a draft im­ple­men­ta­tion strat­egy, which sets out po­ten­tial tim­ing of the work over the next 10 years. As re­ported in the Otago Daily Times on Wednesday that con­tains in­ves­ti­ga­tions of ‘‘mass rapid tran­sit op­tions’’ as part of stage two, be­tween 2022 and 2023.

The doc­u­ment says that is for ‘‘ini­tial de­vel­op­ment/early works for . . . ter­mi­nal po­ten­tial’’, while an ac­com­pa­ny­ing map shows a gon­dola ter­mi­nal, lo­cated be­tween Gorge Rd and Memo­rial St, to pro­vide an ‘‘air­port con­nec­tion’’ over Queen­stown Hill.

The Otago Daily Times un­der­stands a gon­dola and light rail over Queen­stown Hill are two op­tions to pro­vide an­other tran­sit cor­ri­dor to and from the CBD.

It is un­der­stood phys­i­cal work is not con­tem­plated un­til the 2030s, sub­ject to in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The draft spa­tial frame­work said Queen­stown needed to ‘‘re­con­sider and reimag­ine it­self not just as a town, but as ‘New Zealand’s coolest small city’’’.

The wider Wakatipu had about 28,000 res­i­dents but on a ‘‘typ­i­cal day’’ the dis­trict’s vis­i­tor pop­u­la­tion swelled to about 70,000 peo­ple, in­creas­ing to about 110,000 dur­ing peak sea­sons.

Alexa Forbes

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