Yacht club jetty contribution unlikely

Lake Wanaka's old McKay St jetty.
Lake Wanaka's old McKay St jetty.
The chances of the Wanaka Yacht Club contributing to the $40,000 cost of saving Lake Wanaka's old McKay St jetty  appear remote.

New Queenstown Lakes District councillor Ella Lawton suggested at a Wanaka Community Board meeting last month the club might consider a partnership arrangement so not all the cost fell on the council.

The council regards the jetty as unsafe and considers it should be either restored or demolished.

The yacht club is due to discuss the jetty at its meeting next week. However, commodore Quentin Smith told the Otago Daily Times the jetty was of no practical use to the club because it was in shallow water.

To make it useful would require a ''significant amount'' of dredging, or the wharf to be extended by 15m-20m.

Mr Smith said the club would prefer efforts were directed towards improving the lake's main boat ramp and jetty area. Mr Smith agreed ''aesthetically'' the McKay jetty was ''quite appealing''.

''But functionally, it has limited value.''

While the club would support the jetty's restoration, it was ''unlikely to contribute to it'', Mr Smith said.

- mark.price@odt.co.nz