New jetty mooted to ease con­ges­tion

Dur­ing peak pe­ri­ods 100-150 pri­vate boats use the ma­rina jetty.

Central Otago Mirror - - WANAKA NEWS - By MAR­JORIE COOK

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.

APL prop­erty con­sul­tant Dan

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.


Lake ac­cess:

Har­bour­mas­ter: Marty Black.

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