The Queenstown entrepreneur fronting the proposed $10
million marina development in Frankton says he and his fellow
company directors are ''ecstatic to have reached this
milestone'' of lodging their resource consent application after
four years of planning.
Lakes Marina Projects Ltd proposes to build a 200-berth
marina along with offices, floating sheds and a car park, in
two stages, at the end of Sugar Lane, off Frankton Rd.
Company co-director Alan Kirker, of Queenstown, said
yesterday he and co-directors Nassar and Iraj Barabi,
brothers based in California, intended to build 95 berths and
all 156 car parking bays in the first of two stages in the
''We've tried in this design to have flexibility, so our next
step now is to put the proposal out to the community and
start taking expressions of interests to rent berths,'' Mr
The company had the funds to complete construction and work
would begin as soon as the applications were approved by the
Queenstown Lakes District Council, Mr Kirker said.
Weather and Lake Wakatipu conditions in May were optimal for
building and stage one was likely to take 10 months to
The directors were all sailing enthusiasts as well as
Proposed 200-berth Frankton marina. Drawing by Lakes Marina
Mr Kirker said he was critical of major developments
which had failed in the Wakatipu in the past.
''The money is there to be spent and we want to be sure, to
the best of our ability, we build a marina we're proud of,
but the community is proud of as well.''
Lakes Marina Projects Ltd was named in late 2012 as the
council's preferred developer for the so-far unnamed marina.
Cr Mel Gazzard, chairman of the council's marina working
party, said since then there had been ongoing consultation
with potentially affected parties, involving working party
members, council staff and the company to gain the best
outcome for the community.
The parties had worked closely together to find solutions for
issues as they were identified, Cr Gazzard said.
''We've been through a very long and thorough process to get
to this point.
''The parties have worked together to ensure a safe and
secure structure while embracing the lake landscape and a
design that minimises the impact on the environment.''