Queenstown ferry site ‘totally inappropriate’


A lawyer for opponents to a proposed new Queenstown ferry service has called the location “totally inappropriate”.
Legal beagle Graeme Todd, acting for opposed Park Street residents including tourism bigwig Sir John Davies, told a hearing yesterday the proposed site near Jubilee Park wasn’t right for a commercial terminal given nearby homes. 

Davies also spoke against the proposal – put forward by Real Journeys – bagging their plans for a commercial terminal in a residential area. 

The proposal has attracted 51 submissions against it, many listing “noise” as a concern. 

Todd added yesterday that it would result in “creaking and rubbing” noises from a moored boat overnight.
The ferry also attracted 55 submissions in support. 

Meanwhile, the Wakatipu Yacht Club also spoke out at the hearing yesterday, with yacht club commodore David Stringer saying the location could conflict with its sailing programmes and introduce risks for junior members.
The ferry service, from Park Street to Kelvin Peninsula, is proposed to operate from 6am to either 10pm or midnight, depending on the season, and the proposal has divided public opinion. 

The consent hearing is scheduled to continue today before commissioners David Whitney and David Clarke.

Real Journeys Ltd, which operates TSS Earnslaw and over 30 other vessels, has applied for consent for the proposed two-ferry service and associated structures.

The Queenstown Lakes District Council recommends consent be refused for the proposal in its present form. - Otago Daily Times