The Queenstown Coastguard is proposing to build a two-level
base building at the Frankton marina near the scouts
The site was approved by the Queenstown Lakes District
Council in May last year and the Queenstown Times last
year reported the coastguard had been operating from small
A resource consent application lodged by the Queenstown
Coastguard Incorporated said the proposed building would
house the administration headquarters of the coastguard, the
operations and communications centre for emergency search and
rescue on Lake Wakatipu and a training and recruiting
facility and a workshop.
Last year, Queenstown Coastguard spokesman Tim Buckley told
the Queenstown Times the organisation had never had a
base and instead had been based ''in the small back rooms and
The organisation was established in 2007 and had since grown
to over 26 volunteer members.
The resource consent application seeks permission to
establish non-residential activities, to breach internal
boundary setbacks and maximum height limit and to undertake
Within the documents it is said the land to be developed is
vacant at present, covered in grass and one large tree will
need to be removed but a number of smaller trees would
The application lists numerous reasons why the organisation
chose the site at the Frankton marina for its base,
including: it being a working marina, close to the
harbourmaster and boating community, close to the homes of
volunteers and the potential to be built on.
''Subsequent to obtaining a lease from the council to develop
and occupy the site, the coastguard has decided to pursue a
resource consent application in order to gain the necessary
planning permission required under the district plan.''