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New motoring jobs on the cards
Expansion time: GWD Russells' new site at Frankton.
Photo: BROOKE GARDINER / FAIRFAX NZ
By BROOKE GARDINER
Queenstown's motoring industry
is booming with several busi-
nesses expanding, diversifying
and taking on more staff.
Several well-established busi-
nesses have relocated, taken on
larger premises and hired extra
staff to cater to increasing
demand for motoring services.
In April, GWD Russells car sales
and service workshop will expand
when it moves from its Gorge Rd
site to a new 4600-square- metre
site at Frankton.
Managing director Bob Crawford
said the new site would involve
the workshop almost tripling in
size, from five to 14 bays, as well
as accommodating a much bigger
showroom and parts department.
''The business will increase over
time but in a couple of years' time
therecouldbe20staff. . .atthe
moment we have ten,'' he said.
The business would expand to
offer tyre and full car wash
services at the new site and was in
a more convenient location for
customers, especially those who
want a service while they are
away, he said.
And being out in the sun at
Frankton meant far better work-
ing conditions for staff who were
looking forward to farewelling the
cold Gorge Rd site.
The new site is being constructed
opposite Queenstown Motor
Group's car yard and showroom,
which Mr Crawford said would be
beneficial for both businesses.
Queenstown Panelbeaters has
expanded its Industrial Place
premises and is now operating
from three sites.
Owners Simon and Tash Walton
leased a new 400sqm building to
house the first commercial truck
spraying booth in Central Otago
two months ago. Before the booth
was installed, customers had no
choice but to travel to Dunedin or
Christchurch to get trucks and
''It's only been open two months
and we've noticed an increase in
business . . . We have employed
an extra three staff.''
And there was a chance they
would employ more, she said.
And businesses in the Glenda Dr
industrial area are also on the
Frankton Automotive, owned by
Tony Adamson, has moved from
its Margaret Pl premises to a
larger site further along Glenda
Dr, making way for neighbouring
business Queenstown Collision
Centre to expand across the road
into its vacated former site.
Queenstown Collision Centre
owner Wayne Paul said the
company has taken on an
additional 600 sqm in the past 12
months and and was looking at
taking on more staff. The com-
pany also has plans for a major
expansion which would see extra
equipment introduced, he said.
SHORT AND SHARP
Porter to stand down
Remarkables Park director
Alastair Porter will stand down
as the chairman of the
Queenstown Chamber of
Commerce this year, he told the
AGM of the chamber last week.
His replacement will be elected
in December. Co-opted board
member Craig Douglas, of
NZSki, was elected on to the
board at the AGM, while Novotel
Lakeside Queenstown general
manager Jim Moore was re-
New chamber president
Wanaka Chamber of Commerce
president Leigh Stock has
stepped down after five years in
the role. Mr
as the new
the organisation s AGM last
week. Mr King is a chartered
accountant with WHK, in
Wanaka, and has been deputy of
the Wanaka chamber for the
Davies to face charges
Queenstown man Mike Davies
will face charges in the Nelson
District Court in February in
relation to 110 trees cut down in
a reserve beside his bach, near
Kaiteriteri. Arborist Simon
Carney has also been charged.
Davies bought the land for his
Stephens Bay bach from
equestrian Mark Todd and has
built a bach that covers three
sections. He is the son of former
Queenstown mayor John
Davies and his family is listed in
the National Business Review
Rich List as having a wealth of
Earnslaw Park kiosk
Ideas are being sought for a
2.6-square-metre space in the
new Earnslaw Park toilet block.
The Queenstown Lakes District
Council area has been set aside
for a business or service kiosk.
A proposed cafe has been
rejected. More information is
available at qldc.govt.nz.
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