New jetty mooted to ease congestion
During peak periods 100-150 private boats use the marina jetty.
Harbourmaster Marty Black supports a new jetty in Wanaka to reduce pressure on public facilities and provide commercial operators with certainty they can load and unload customers safely.
A Queenstown Lakes District Council panel has reserved its decision whether Wanaka boating tourism operator Brent Shears can use the public marina jetty for his new business, Just Cruise Wanaka.
The jetty is accessed from Lakeside Rd, near the yacht club.
Shears has requested permission to dock for up to 20 minutes, eight times a day between 8am and 10.30pm.
Panel chairman Queenstown councillor Mel Gazzard has confirmed a decision was made immediately after last week’s hearing but he did not want to release it until he knew whether a single opposer had been informed of the result.
The opposer is concerned commercial operators could get preferential use of the jetty.
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Commercial operator Just Cruise Wanaka has applied to use the public marina jetty on Lake Wanaka. Cruickshank was to write to the opposer.
Cruickshank is on leave until today and it is not known if he has done that.
Shears is one of four or five operators using the marina jetty but is the first to apply for a permit under new bylaws.
Harbourmaster Marty Black said Shears should be congratulated for doing the right thing under the new bylaw, effective on July 1.
About 100 to 150 private boats were using the marina jetty daily during peak periods.
Shears has been front-loading off the beach and said he would keep doing that if the jetty was busy.
Black said a new jetty could cost $80,000 to $100,000 and should be put into the annual plan.
It could be a floating pontoon or something similar to the Lake Hawea jetty.
‘‘I don’t believe it is a big issue but we will need to address all jetties in Wanaka,’’ Black said.
Cruickshank recommended in his report to the panel the permit should be granted and commercial operator’s fees of $1000 be waived until all other commercial operators had obtained their permits.
Harbourmaster: Marty Black.