25 Oct 2016

Queenstown mayor appoints deputy, reinstates abolished committees

3:00 pm on 25 October 2016

Queenstown's new mayor has chosen a Wanaka deputy and reinstated council standing committees that were abolished by his predecessor.

Businessman Jim Boult is a candidate for the Queenstown mayoralty.

New Queenstown mayor Jim Boult Photo: Supplied

Jim Boult has been sworn in as mayor at today's inaugural Queenstown Lakes District Council meeting at the Lake Hayes Pavilion.

In his first official act, he appointed the top-polling councillor in the Wanaka ward, Calum MacLeod, as deputy mayor.

Mr Boult also appointed four standing committees - all abolished three years ago by the previous mayor, Vanessa van Uden, who said they had become a waste of time.

The committees will cover planning and strategy; finance, audit and risk; infrastructure; and community and services.

Mr Boult said the committees would allow for more in-depth analysis of important issues, and would allow the main council meetings to shift to a six-weekly cycle.