Court confirms $10m marina plan


A $10 million marina plan for Lake Wakatipu is set to launch.

News came through on Friday that the Environment Court had approved Lakes Marina Projects’ 195-berth marina planned for Frankton.

Construction might begin early next year. 

Eighty-five berths will be built in stage one, plus a 320m breakwater, a 150m retaining wall, a jetty, carpark and 17 buildings.

Company co-owner Iraj Barabi, of California, says he and fellow directors Alan Kirker, of Queenstown, and his brother Nassar are very excited about progressing the development.

Barabi: “We have been ready to start the project but there are agreements and legal things we’ve got to work out.

“Next year, early next year, we’ll start.”

Council commissioners in February.

But in March that decision was initially – former racing driver and ex-Mataura mayor Ian ‘Inky’ Tulloch QSO, JP and wife Annette, and Benchmark Homes owners Richard and Natasha Evans, of Christchurch.

Both couples own homes by the marina.

Environment Court judge Jon Jackson says subject to five amended or additional conditions, the appeal is resolved and consent granted. 

Conditions include installing barrier arms at the marina, charging commercial rates for carparks and restricting the marina to four licensed premises.

Mr Kirker says the trio worked on the project for more than four years

If construction begins early next year, it’s hoped the first of two stages will be complete next Christmas-New Year.

“It’s here. It’s going to happen,” he enthuses.

Lakes Marina Projects was named in 2012 as the council’s preferred developer for the marina .

That was a year after Christchurch contractor Buzz March was dropped for not meeting deadlines for his planned $20m, 240-berth behemoth.

Otago Daily Times