Aqua­com con­fi­dent

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

The man be­hind the wake­board park planned for Aotea La­goon is scoff­ing at talk the project will be held up in the re­source con­sent process and ‘‘never be­come a re­al­ity’’.

Aqua­com, fronted locally by Ti­tahi Bay man Paul Marlow, is close to putting in con­sent ap­pli­ca­tions for the wake­board park. Mr Marlow says he is wait­ing for con­fir­ma­tion of the land swap be­tween Porirua City Coun­cil and New Zealand Trans­port Agency.

Re­al­is­ti­cally, he ex­pects the park to be open for sum­mer 2013/14.

‘‘It could be six months or six weeks be­fore ev­ery­thing [ the land swap] is sorted, it’s just about be­ing pa­tient. We have the ap­pli­ca­tions ready, we’re check­ing all the boxes.’’

He says any sug­ges­tion the park won’t hap­pen are ‘‘ pre­sump­tu­ous. . . Sure, there are peo­ple who are say­ing ‘ this will never be­come a re­al­ity’, but the process is dic­tat­ing how fast we go.’’

Pare­mata Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­per­son Terry Knight says a group of those op­posed to the wake­board park are pre­par­ing them­selves for a fight in the En­vi­ron­ment Court.

First, how­ever, he says the re­source con­sent ‘‘must be no­ti­fied’’, to give the pub­lic a chance to make sub­mis­sions.

‘‘We will keep re­mind­ing the coun­cil, wher­ever we can, that this should be a no­ti­fied con­sent. It will en­able us to gather to­gether and show, again, that most peo­ple in Porirua do not want this on Aotea La­goon. It is a quiet place that will be ru­ined by noise, de­ter­ring peo­ple from vis­it­ing.’’

A pub­lic meet­ing hosted by Friends of Aotea will be held at 2pm at Aotea Col­lege’s au­di­to­rium on Novem­ber 17 to dis­cuss the project. Mr Marlow says it is valu­able to give res­i­dents the op­por­tu­nity to ask ques­tions and al­lay any fears.

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