Views wanted on new Marina fees
It will be good to hear the views of community." Topia Rameka
With Motuoapa Marina redevelopment only weeks away from being completed submissions are being sought on the proposed new annual berthing fees.
The redevelopment is set to be completed in July 2017 and new user fees are proposed for the new facility.
It is proposed that the current fees for annual berthing at the marina are increased to reflect the significantly improved facility, including the design of the new berths.
The proposed new fees are $4000 including GST for parallel berths more than 12.5m in length and $280 including GST per metre for parallel berths less than 12.5m in length.
Taupo Harbour Master, Philip King, said the increase in fees will mean the redeveloped marina will meet the same prices they’ve got at the Taupo and Nukuhau marinas but they are also asking for feedback.
They are seeking feedback from Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board (TMTB), Motuoapa Ratepayers Association, Motuoapa Boat Club and a number of others.
‘‘We sent out feedback forms to our entire database of 1500 people for support or not,’’ King said.
Topia Rameka, TMTB chief executive, said the trust is supportive of the redevelopment at Motuoapa and is interested in what the views of the community are.
‘‘Its a significant improvement and will be a valuable asset for the community,’’ he said.
‘‘It will be good to hear the views of community. An increase in fees had been flagged some time ago and it is appropriate that a review to take place so that the fees are in line with the market. ‘‘So we are supportive.’’ Former Motuoapa Fishing and Boating Club president, Hepke van der Sluis, said he has no issues with the proposed annual fees but still has a major problem with the redevelopment and how it doesn’t accommodate smaller boats.
‘‘Most of the boats here are from six, seven, eight metres and it’s designed for boats 10metres and above,’’ he said.
‘‘They’ve designed a Marina that’s not suitable for the boat club.’’
Van der Suis aired his views at a meeting in 2015 but King defended the need for bigger berths, saying that six metre boats will still be welcome in the marina and could be trailer launched or moored in a larger berth.
Submissions on the proposed annual fees are wanted by May 31.