Queenstown ferry plan spurs resident’s fears

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A Queenstowner fears a Park Street jetty structure servicing a proposed lake-crossing ferry will destroy a quiet residential area.

Park St resident Roz Greig claims plans by tourism giant Real Journeys for a Narrows Ferry for walkers and cyclists are far bigger than most people realise.

The company proposes a purpose-built, eco-friendly yellow and black electric catamaran to connect Park St, near central Queenstown, with Kelvin Peninsula’s Wakatipu Yacht Club foreshore.

Greig says due to expected rough lake conditions, the company plans what she calls “a hideous breakwater that stretches a long way into the lake and is at a height of three metres above the high lake level”.

“Most of the time it’ll be 4m-plus above the lake level – higher than the average house.”

A floating pontoon further out into the lake, with flashing navigation lights, would “totally destroy an iconic view enjoyed by so many. To complete the picture, a bus shelter will be onshore to make sure the whole area loses its character.”

Responding to Greig, Real Journeys boss Richard Lauder says: “The vessel and wharves have been designed to have as small an impact on the lake environment as possible whilst still having the vessel highly visible for safety reasons.”

Lauder says he believes significant support exists but welcomes alternative views and hopes for a positive outcome for the community and visitors.

Public submissions close next Wed­nesday.

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