JunkTown - multiple wrecks abandoned with no QLDC action

by Peter Newport - Feb 21, 2019

A Crux reader complained to the QLDC last September about a wrecked vehicle that had been dumped near the Remarkables Primary School. It was removed yesterday after a delay of almost six months.

The vehicles have usually been abandoned by tourists or temporary residents when they leave New Zealand and their car is either of little value, or badly damaged, meaning it can't be sold.

Similar car wrecks are scattered all over Queenstown with little sign of action from the council. And yet the QLDC abandoned vehicle yard in Gorge Road is half empty.

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The QLDC abandoned vehicle area in Gorge Road - half empty

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The Remarkables Primary School car wreck - there for six months.

As part of a long string of communications with the QLDC our reader who tried to get the wreck removed from the primary school was told by the council "Thanks for your patience with us on this one. We've going to be able to open a new space for abandoned vehicles in the next week or two which will allow us more space to tow these vehicles to, and help us get through the backlog around town pretty quickly. We're really sorry for this delay and we believe this vehicle should be gone within the next few weeks."

Finally the wrecked van was shifted by a contractor yesterday afternoon.

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Finally - the wrecked van is collected yesterday by a council contractor from the Remarkables Primary School - after a six month delay.

Crux has found multiple vehicles dumped in streets all over Queenstown, all showing no sign of being collected.


One of many cars abandoned in Sunshine Bay.

And of course, we'll just include this boat wreck for good measure. It's still there.

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The Frankton boat wreck - a permanent feature?

 Main Image: Abandoned vehicle in Sunshine Bay.

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