Pumps set for Arrowtown return

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Arrowtown will soon be pumping.

RD Petroleum managing director Don Harvey says his company’s been granted consent for its proposed unmanned fuel station in the town, after a resource consent hearing in Queenstown in November.

The application got 26 supporting submissions, two in conditional support and one in opposition.

Subject to an appeal period, Harvey says he hopes to have the $750,000 fuel station – to be built on a bare site on the corner of Berkshire and Wiltshire Sts – operational within six months.

“We’ve already got the ball rolling; engaged in discussions with contractors and various parties that have to contribute to the installation.

“I would really like to think if we can get our ducks in a line quickly that we’d be able to complete the [project] before winter.

“That’s my aim.”

It’s been eight years since Arrowtowners could fill up locally; pumps were removed from the former petrol station on Berkshire St in 2007.

Makaraka Estate Ltd purchased the site and in 2011 lodged a resource consent application for a $2.6 million development, which attracted 148 submissions – 114 in support.

However, the application was put on hold for more than a year before the section was put on the market in 2012.

Mr Harvey said he was “very excited” to bring fuel back to the town.

“Of course most communities do have access to fuel facilities and take it for granted – we’re so happy we can change that for the Arrowtown community.”

The company had already made a significant investment to ensure the development was “the best we can possibly do”.

It will have two underground tanks and two pumps, with diesel, 91 and 98 petrol under a canopy and will be a self-service operation..

RD Petroleum’s core business is distributing and selling bulk storage fuel in rural areas and to commercial customers, like golf clubs.

The company is majority owned by Wilson Holdings, a company associated with RD Petroleum’s chairman Les Wilson and his family, and is 49% owned by BP Oil New Zealand.

It owns pumps across the lower South Island, including at Te Anau, Tarras, Ranfurly, Kurow and Hyde. 

Otago Daily Times