Marina plan response encouraging

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.
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 late 2012.

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 March 19.

''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 marina.

''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.''