The smell from a proposed whisky distillery in the
Cardrona Valley is a concern for one of those opposing the
Mt Cardrona Station director Chris Morton is one of two
submitters opposed to Zescent Group Ltd being granted
resource consent by the Queenstown Lakes District Council.
Mr Morton said in his written submission he was not satisfied
there were adequate controls over ''smell and odour emanating
from the proposed operation''.
''This could severely affect the proposed development of up
to 1000 residential units within the Mt Cardrona Station zone
on my land.''
Mr Morton was also concerned the distillery development might
negatively affect an easement for a pipeline running to a
consented wastewater treatment plant.
''My submission would be met by [the council] refusing the
application until these issues have been addressed
Wanaka woman Desiree Reid last month announced her plans to
build a distillery opposite the entrance to the Cardrona
Alpine Resort, and said that she hoped it would open by
The complex would consist of a 264sq m distillery with two
floors of fermenters and stills, a grain silo and cooling
tower, a 200sq m bond store for the finished product, and a
252sq m museum, shop and tasting room.
Ms Reid also intends making fruit liqueurs and perfumes from
The Upper Clutha Environmental Society was the other
submitter opposed to the development.
President Julian Haworth said there was ''considerable
merit'' in a new, interesting business, but he considered the
complex was in an ''obstructive location'', would have a
significant adverse effect on the ''naturalness'' of the area
and would set a precedent.
He suggested the complex be built on the lower terrace of the
71ha site and be screened with native planting.
The Southern District Health Board was concerned at the risk
to drinking water by the proposed on-site sewage treatment
Health protection officer Kimberlee McMeeking recommended the
council require the complex to be connected to a reticulation
system planned to take the valley's sewage to Wanaka's
She also recommended the company register its proposed Clay
Black Creek water supply.
Those in the Cardrona Valley supporting the development
believed it would be good for the economy.
Barrie Morgan said associated rose and barley crops would
enhance the valley's beauty, Mary Lee believed the complex
would fit well and John Lee thought it would create growth.
Dr Dennis Pezaro, of Wanaka, said: ''With the accent on finer
quality of spirits, it is unlikely to contribute to
alcohol-induced road traffic problems, although host
responsibility will need to be thorough.''
A date has yet to be set for a hearing.