Views wanted on new Ma­rina fees

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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.

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