Land swap aids ca­ble ski ven­ture

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

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.

Less stress: Steph Knight’s car might be messy but that’s be­cause she is tak­ing away items for a client, all part of the Less Mess ex­pe­ri­ence.

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