Launch warden Craig Blake prepares to install a buoy in
Lake Wanaka at Penrith Beach yesterday to remind boaties to
keep their speed down near the shoreline. Photo by Lucy
Complaints about conflict between lake users at Wanaka's
Penrith Beach have prompted the installation of a 5-knot speed
limit buoy to remind boaties to keep their speed down near the
Boats in the Queenstown Lakes district cannot exceed a speed
of 5 knots within 200m of the shore. However, several Wanaka
locals using Penrith Beach during the peak holiday period
reported boats travelling at speed among swimmers, Queenstown
Lakes district harbourmaster Marty Black said.
''The beauty of Wanaka is that people can ski where they
like, providing they have consideration for other users.
''It appears that a few people have abused that, as we have
had a number of complaints.''
While there was nothing to stop boaties launching from the
beach, they were required to wait until they are 200m from
the shore before accelerating, Mr Black said.
It is the first time there has been an issue with
space-sharing at Penrith Beach, an area which has been
particularly popular with lake-users this summer.
Mr Black hoped the buoy would allow all swimmers and boaties
to continue to use the area safely.
''We don't want to have to put ski lanes all around the
lake,'' he said.
Boaties who breached the 5-knot rule could be issued with an
instant $300 fine. No-one in the district had been fined yet
this summer, Mr Black said.