Decision on rescue centre soon

The fate of a proposed marine rescue centre for Coastguard Wanaka Lakes will be decided at a full council meeting tomorrow.

It is proposed to locate the 220sqm centre in the left corner of Eely Point Recreation Reserve, next to the reserve's access road entrance.

The coastguard would use the access road down to the lake when deploying its rescue boat.

For years the coastguard has kept its rescue boat at the Wanaka showgrounds, however, concerns about deployment time in the height of summer due to heavy traffic had led them to seek a new base.

A hearing was held at the end of February to determine whether to grant a lease to the coastguard for the construction of the building.

While there were a handful of submissions in opposition, the hearing panel has recommended to the Queenstown Lakes District Council that the lease be granted.

Councillors will make the final decision at its full meeting tomorrow, and if granted, it will allow the coastguard to construct and operate the building.

sean.nugent@odt.co.nz

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