Locals visit Lyttelton Port information day to get development updates
More than 30 Lyttelton locals and some berth holders from the inner harbour pile moorings visited Lyttelton Port of Christchurch’s (LPC) information cabin Port Talk, located on Lyttelton’s main street, on Saturday to find out more about two of the Port’s development projects.
Recently LPC announced that it will build a new marina called Te Ana, at the sheltered site of the inner harbour pile moorings in Lyttelton Harbour – the first stage of a wider regeneration plan to improve public access and amenities in the area. The new marina will be Canterbury’s only walk-on floating marina and building will commence in the first half of 2017.
Most boaties welcome the news of the new marina and some took the time to visit Port Talk to find out more detail about the proposed development. LPC chief executive, Peter Davie says that some of the finer details are still to be confirmed and that he looked forward to input from the current inner harbour pile moorings berth holders.
Anyone interested in finding out more about berths at Te Ana Marina can download a Registration of Interest (ROI) document from www.teanamarina.co.nz. Commercial rates will apply in the new marina, with licence fees being similar to other New Zealand marinas of this size. The berths will be owned and managed by LPC.
In a busy time for the Port, this month Environment Canterbury publicly notified LPC’s resource consent application to extend the existing shipping channel in Lyttelton Harbour/Whakaraupō.
Peter Davie says, “We requested that our resource consent application be publicly notified to allow any person to lodge a submission with Environment Canterbury.”
To date LPC has invested more than $3 million engaging a range of expert scientists to investigate the effects the proposed dredging and ongoing maintenance might have. This includes specialists in marine ecology, sea birds and marine mammals, sediment, wave and tidal modelling, and water quality monitoring.
The proposed plans, expert reports and videos of the channel deepening project can be viewed at: http://www.lpc.co.nz/port-development/dredging and any feedback can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Davie says the proposed dredging project represents an investment of up to $120 million by LPC in the future viability of the Port, its ability to continue to attract major international shipping lines and accommodate larger cargo ships.
“With a 50 percent forecast in trade growth through Lyttelton, it’s important that this dredging project occurs – not just for the Port but for the Canterbury and wider New Zealand economy,” says Davie