Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS -

Mr Dip­pie was a co-di­rec­tor, was granted con­sent to build an 19 lot res­i­den­tial area at a 84.6ha site in be­tween Cardrona Val­ley, River­bank and Or­chard Rds, known as the ‘‘tri­an­gle’’. ‘‘We are look­ing at in­creas­ing staff this year and im­port­ing more equip­ment. It’s look­ing up for civil works,’’ Mr Dip­pie said. Wil­lowridge was also set to start work on the 112ha Three Parks de­vel­op­ment near the Wanaka Golf Course. ‘‘The out­look for builders and trades as a whole will in­crease year-on-year. It’s such a big em­ployer in the dis­trict.’’ Uni­ver­sal De­vel­op­ments di­rec­tor Lane Hock­ing has ap­plied for a re­source con­sent to sub­di­vide the for­mer Wanaka Pri­mary School site on Tenby St into 16 res­i­den­tial lots. Last month In­fin­ity In­vest­ment Group man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bob Robert­son un­veiled plans to build 44 lux­ury fives­tar apart­ments on its Ma­rina Ter­race block di­rectly op­po­site the Wanaka ma­rina and fore­shore. The com­plex would in­clude a heated swim­ming pool, spa pool and gym, base­ment car park­ing, a restau­rant, cafe and bar. Prices for the apart­ments were ex­pected to start at $995,000 rang­ing to $1,795,000 for the lux­u­ri­ous pent­houses and con­struc­tion was ex­pected to be­gin ‘‘im­me­di­ately af­ter the first pre sales are con­firmed,’’ he said. Breen Con­struc­tion man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Lind­say Breen, of Alexan­dra, said of its 100 staff, 25 were di­rectly em­ployed in Wanaka. Em­ploy­ment in the Wanaka area had in­creased dur­ing the past year and it was likely the plan de­vel­op­ments would mean 30 per cent more staff would be needed to keep up with de­mand. The num­ber of de­vel­op­ments would ‘‘af­fect the vol­ume of work which is go­ing to af­fect the mar­ket,’’ Mr Breen said. How­ever, there could be a short­age of labour re­sources be­cause of the hous­ing cri­sis in Auck­land and the con­tin­ued ‘‘re­source pull’’ needed in Christchurch af­ter the earth­quakes, he said.

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