Marine Rescue Centre lease considered

Pictured: Eely Point Recreational Reserve preferred concept plan (August 2018). | Image: Reset Urban Design

Coastguard Wanaka Lakes' (CWL) application for a land lease for a new Marine Rescue Centre will be discussed during the Wanaka Community Board (WCB) meeting next week.  

The coastguard's Marine Rescue Centre report outlines plans to build a centre at Eely Point that will accommodate CWL and Queenstown Lakes District Council Wanaka Harbourmaster.

The coastguard currently leases space at the Wanaka A&P Showgrounds, and rescue vessel deployment times can take more than an hour during busy summer months.

Coastguard president Jonathan Walmisley said the location of the new centre would allow his crew to cut that response time in half, thereby increasing a person's chance of survivability in the water.

WCB voted to adopt the first stage of the Wanaka Lakefront Development Plan at Eely Point last September, which included space for the rescue centre adjacent to the existing scout den. Discussions with the board about a new centre have been in the works since March 2017.

If the coastguard's application for the lease is approved, the centre will still need to go through a notified land lease process and apply for resource consent.


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