Construction and service jobs are expected to be created if a
proposed $10 million marina development in Frankton is
approved by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
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.
The first stage is likely to involve the building of 95
berths and all 156 car-parking bays, with the remaining
berths added according to demand from boating enthusiasts and
the sizes of their vessels.
Company co-director Alan Kirker, of Queenstown, yesterday
said he and his fellow company directors Nassar and Iraj
Barabi, brothers based in California, knew there would be
associated permanent jobs once the so-far unnamed marina was
''It all depends on demand, but we perceive there will be
spin-offs with other service industries feeding off it,
whether it be boat mechanics, repairers or whatever,'' Mr
''The three of us always believe you've got to share it
round, so there's no sense in us saying 'We'll do this' and
'We'll do that' when your business can do it.
''With having that marina there, hopefully other businesses
will grow, like KJet will hopefully get more punters coming
down there, or a fishing guide might want to operate out of
The existing site consists of basic sheltered moorings for
small pleasure boats and the Frankton Trail runs parallel to
Commercial sheds line Sugar Lane and the Boat Shed Cafe and
Bistro operates in the restored historic buildings, beside
Fisherman's Pier, at the end of the lane.
Lakes Marina Projects had the funds to complete construction
and work would begin as soon as the applications were
approved, 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 marina application was lodged on January 31 and was
reviewed by the council over five working days.
The proposal is expected to be released for public
consultation this week and residents will have 20 working
days to lodge their submissions.