Marina owners back relocation of slipway
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Ms Leu has stressed in the past that the slipway was a vital economic piece of the jigsaw puzzle of Port Douglas, and its continued operation was paramount, regardless of TRM’s plans for redevelopment.
“For The Reef Marina to secure freehold tenure from the State Government, redevelopment plans must not jeopardise the viability of marine industhere tries. “According to current plans for the marina redevelopment (by The Reef Marina), is no provision for a slipway in its current location.”
During a discussion with Port Douglas FM’s Michael Gabour, Ms Leu explained that the council’s suggestion of moving the slipway was in very early stages, and relied on a lot of factors needing to be in accord.
“We’ve identified a number of options possibly where a new slipway could go and where a fishing precinct could go,” she said.
“It relies on the department and the minister agreeing to changes of tenure use and as you know that’s a fairly meaty process. . . What we want to do is see whether these things are possible, and then I was going to hold an all-stakeholders meeting this month.”
If the slipway is moved as per the council’s suggestion, who will pay for it is unknown.
Ms Leu repeated on Monday that TRM “under the conditions of their lease and the purpose of their lease . . . they were required to operate a slipway,” suggesting the cost would fall to them.
“It’s in our town plan and part of the conditions for The Reef Marina … that they would not be in a position to demolish the slipway until there is an alternative one in place.”
Council’s Paul Hoye with the new Foxton Bridge camera