Land swap aids cable ski venture
Paul Marlow can see light at the end of the tunnel.
The project manager for Aquacom, which is developing a wakeboard park for Aotea Lagoon, says the recent land swap between Porirua City Council and NZ Transport Agency, putting all lagoon land in council hands, will make the process he is enduring easier.
‘‘It means we can move forward, NZTA have been slow in getting this done, so it’s a relief really. The council need to have this [reserve area] all under their control.’’
Mr Marlow says ‘‘in a perfect world’’ the wakeboard park would open this summer, but November 2013 is more realistic. There are still building and resource consents to be applied for and the latter may be notified, giving the public another chance to influence the project.
Before the end of this year, Mr Marlow would like to hold another public meeting to give more information on the wakeboard park. He says he had has had positive feedback from a group in Aotea to host it.
Completed reports by Aquacom consultants include those dealing with acoustic, traffic and landscape issues, and reports on operating procedures, water testing and maintenance.
‘‘I’ve got a huge amount of information together, it’s coming along well, we’re going to make sure all the safety routines are covered. Nothing that’s come up has given me cause for concern, and I would love to get that across to the public.
‘‘The next phase is dealing with the Resource Management Act and how a wake park will affect the environment. We will show that there are no effects.’’
The memorandum of understanding between PCC and NZTA is expected to be agreed to by mid2013.
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