Lakes Marina Projects Ltd co-directors Iraj Barabi (left),
of California, and Alan Kirker, of Queenstown, visit the
lakeshore last week where they have applied to build a $10
million marina. Photo by James Beech.
Developers of a proposed $10 million marina in Frankton
say they have been encouraged by positive feedback from the
community since they lodged their application last month.
Lakes Marina Projects Ltd co-director Alan Kirker, of
Queenstown, was joined by co-director Iraj Barabi, who is
visiting from California, to meet interested parties,
neighbours and representatives of the Queenstown Lakes
District Council over two weeks.
Mr Kirker and Mr Barabi, plus Mr Barabi's brother Nassar
Barabi, are behind the plan 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 company was named as the council's preferred developer in
The entrepreneurs said they have the funds to start work on
the marina if it is approved by the council.
Submissions on the resource consent application close on
''We have worked diligently on this for a number of years and
we're very happy with the milestone of submitting the
application,'' Mr Barabi said.
The brothers are involved in information technology
manufacturing and own plants in California and Arizona.
Mr Barabi said he and his brother were also considering
setting up a base in Queenstown.
''Nassar is a boatie and I'm an enthusiast, so we expect to
invest and enjoy the benefits,'' he said.
Mr Kirker said they were getting great feedback about the
''A lot of people are saying this is years overdue. It's
coming from all walks of life, even non-boat people who want
this area tidied up.''