An artist's impression of the planned Frankton Marina. Image supplied.
The proposed Frankton Marina has received a predominantly
positive reaction from submitters to a resource consent
Submissions on Lakes Marina Projects Ltd's proposal for a
195-berth marina and associated development closed last week
after attracting about 80 responses.
The vast majority of the submissions were in support of the
marina, with some, like Geoff Stevens, saying the resort was
''long overdue'' for such a development.
John Petre said while Lake Wakatipu was an ''outstanding''
boating lake, the long-term berthing facilities were
''This is an outstanding opportunity to secure [a]
world-class asset and at no cost to the ratepayer,'' Mr Petre
The few who opposed generally did so because of concerns for
the environment and potential loss of views.
A submission from Robert Mark and Rebecca Instone opposed the
application and said the proposal was ''a money motivated
scheme by a selfish few''.
''We cannot see the need for a construction that will create
an eyesore and limit the lake use on the Frankton Arm. This
proposed marina will totally obscure our beautiful view up
The Department of Conservation opposed the application
because of biosecurity and public access concerns and
potential effects on Doc-managed land.
Doc said Lake Wakatipu was essentially free of exotic plants
such as the oxygen weeds Lagarosiphon major and Elodea
''Plant, machinery and materials used to construct the marina
and vessels moored in the marina have the potential to
introduce exotic plants to Lake Wakatipu.
"Once these exotic plants are introduced to the marina,
vessels can then transport the plant fragments to various
parts of Lake Wakatipu.''
It also said the application was unclear about public access
by walkers and cyclists along the lake from Queenstown to
Land Information New Zealand also had concerns about aquatic
weed, specifically Lagarosiphon major.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council should impose
conditions, such as that all construction equipment must be
thoroughly cleaned, before consent was granted, Linz wrote.
A submission from the Queenstown Trails Trust contained
concerns about public access, such as how the proposal
connected to the wider Queenstown Trail and ''in particular
pedestrian crossings and other traffic calming measures''.
The New Zealand Transport Agency, while not opposed in
general, had concerns about how the State Highway 6a and
Sugar Lane intersection would cope with increased traffic.
The agency asks that the council refuse the application or
delay granting consent so the applicant can discuss potential
traffic effects with the agency ''with a view to seeking
consensus or agreement on how those effects might be avoided,
remedied and/or mitigated''.
A submission from the runanga of Kati Huirapa Runanga ki
Puketeraki and Te Runanga o Otakou was opposed to the marina
in its entirety.
The submission said Lake Wakatipu was a valued landscape and
of cultural significance.
''It is submitted that the location of a privately owned
structure of this scale on the lake and its foreshore would
have adverse effects on the cultural relationship that Kai
Tahu Whanui have with Lake Whakatipu-wai-maori.''
The council is seeking further information about the proposal
before proceeding to a hearing.
Lakes Marina Projects Ltd was named as the council's
preferred developer in late 2012.
In August 2011, the council cancelled its agreement with
Queenstown Marina Developments Ltd, five years after the
company first mooted an offshore marina, and subsequently
sought expressions of interest from interested developers.
Co-directors of Lakes Marina Projects are Alan Kirker, of
Queenstown, and Nassar and Iraj Barabi, brothers based in
Included in the resource consent application is a 320m-long
wave attenuator, 150m-long retaining wall, 156 car parks,
public toilets, and buildings. The marina is to be built in