Twenty-five trees will be removed at Eely Point this month to make way for the Wanaka Lakes Coastguard’s new Marine Rescue Centre.
The $900,000 project includes landscaping and planting 100 native trees around the new centre.
Coastguard spokesman Jonathan Walmisley said arborists’ reports had been received and tree removal would begin about February 8.
‘‘We have got all the consents, which is fantastic. And thanks to the Central Lakes Trust and Otago Community Trust and other local and national funders, we’ve got the money to do it,’’ he said.
‘‘The contractor is Breens Construction and unless something out of left field comes along, we are planning to start work on site after Waitangi weekend.
‘‘We have deliberately delayed until then to ensure the [summer] holiday period was not affected,’’ he said.
The tree removal would be the first thing anyone would see happen on site.
The Queenstown Lakes District Council’s long-term plan includes a tree thinning programme at Eely Point.
Only the trees near the Scout Den and Marine Rescue Centre are affected by the Marine Rescue Centre project.
The 18m x 13m building has been designed to house the Coastguard’s boat, which will sit on a trailer unit in a drivethrough area, ready to be launched.
The building also includes a full incident control room and a training room. An attached garage will be used by the Queenstown Lakes District Council to store its waterways equipment.
A new 9m-long Rayglass Protector Coastguard rescue vehicle, the Waiariki Rescue, arrives in Wanaka in early March to replace the existing 6.7m long Naiad, which is about 30 years old.
The Naiad would be sold, Mr Walmisley said.
The Waiariki Rescue is one of several New Zealand-built America’s Cup regatta support boats being donated to coastguard units around the country.
The boats were 100% funded by Lotto New Zealand players.