The proposed Frankton Marina is a step closer to reality,
after Lakes Marina Projects Ltd was officially appointed as
preferred developer at a Queenstown Lakes District Council
Council project manager Ken Gousmett told councillors the
Frankton Marina working party had been working ''quite hard''
with the developers to get to this point but noted there was
''still a long way to go''.
Councillors questioned technical parts of the proposal, such
as whether $80,000 was enough for a block of toilets and what
effect small but constant waves would have on the structures,
and asked where the many boats needed to fill the marina
They were reminded by Mr Gousmett the only decision necessary
at the meeting was whether Lakes Marina Projects should be
appointed as preferred developer.
''We are not sitting here in judgement of the proposal.''
The Frankton Marina working party will also assist the
developers prepare resource consent applications, which would
need to be approved before any development could occur.
Lakes Marina Projects was formed to undertake building of the
marina, and two of the three founding shareholders, United
States-based Nasser Barabi and Queenstown businessman Alan
Kirker, attended the meeting.
The marina would be located at the entrance to Queenstown
within the Frankton Marina Reserve.
In August 2011, the council cancelled its agreement with
Queenstown Marina Developments Ltd, five years after the
company first mooted an offshore marina, and subsequently
sought expressions of interest.