Consent sought to use the barge for overnight stays
Southern aviator and Wanaka businessman Sir Tim Wallis and his family own the majority of the company’s shares.
Existing consent allows occupancy at Cascade Cove, Dusky Sound.
Currently, the barge cannot store more than 4,600 liters of fuel and can be used as an accommodation base for up to eight people when bad weather makes flight dangerous.
The limited notice consent would allow the installation of a 61.4 m² floating dock as well as a storage hangar on the landing deck and the placement of two additional fuel storage tanks, allowing a total of 9,200 liters of fuel.
Environment Southland’s acting permit manager Bruce Halligan said the permit was only notified on a limited basis as the proposed activities would take place in a remote location and the potential effects on other users of the site. marine area would be less than minor.
Te Ao Marama Inc, Ngai Tahu, Department of Conservation, CRA8 Rock Lobster Industry Association Inc and Maritime New Zealand have been notified.
The Fiordland Marine Guardians group has also been briefed and President Rebecca McLeod said the group has concerns about the request and will submit it.
While not commenting further, she said it relates more broadly to the group’s concerns about increased activity in the region.
“Compared to what he was 10 years ago, he’s getting busier and busier.”
Similar concerns have been raised in other consent request hearings on activities in the region.
In his decision for the limited notification only, consents officer George Gericke said the use of the barge for private accommodation and recreational activities would be virtually indistinguishable from current licensed commercial use.
“The applicant explains that those who stay on the barge for a short time will usually spend the days traveling the area by boat fishing, diving, walking or just enjoying the surroundings.”
He agreed that the additional effects would be less than minor.
“I consider that the private use of the existing barge would be in conjunction with, or incidental to, its demonstrated practical or functional need, and would be appropriate provided the overall effects of the activities are acceptable.”
The applicant requested that the duration of the consent expire on April 12, 2037, to match the expiration date of the applicant’s consent to undertake commercial activities on surface waters.
Closing of submissions on December 7th.