Queenstown Lakes District Council (QLDC) has secured a new laydown area to store plant and equipment, replacing the site originally earmarked for the Gorge Road Jump Park.
After discussions with Queenstown Lakes District Mayor, Jim Boult, businessman, Rod Drury, offered to meet the cost of renting the new site – in Industrial Place, off Gorge Road – to enable the bike park to remain in situ rather than move to a new site previously agreed by QLDC and Queenstown Mountain Bike Club.
The new arrangement means Council has immediate access to a dedicated storage area that will support its ongoing infrastructure works around Queenstown.
Mayor Boult thanked Mr Drury, saying the outcome was a positive result for both the community and Council.
“We acknowledge the community’s desire to keep the jump park in its current location and Mr Drury’s help in finding a solution. It’s great that we have folk like Rod in our district who are prepared to make such generous contributions on behalf of the community,” he said.
QLDC Property and Infrastructure General Manager, Pete Hansby said Council had investigated two potential sites.
“We selected the one on Industrial Place because it’s secure, has good access and is close to other Council worksites. The site is vacant and available immediately,” he said.
“This is a good result and I’d like to thank everyone involved,” said Mr Hansby.