TRM looks for­ward to start­ing grand project

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Shane Ni­chols

AN­DREW Hooper-Nguyen, co-owner of The Reef Ma­rina, be­lieves there are few is­sues that will hin­der the $84 mil­lion de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion which is now be­fore coun­cil.

“I would think that the com­mu­nity is broadly and strongly be­hind the project,” he said this week.

“Cer­tainly we have sought to ad­dress any stake­holder is­sues, so that the bar­ri­ers to ap­proval are few.

“I’m quite con­fi­dent that the coun­cil will grant ap­proval.”

He said he had had good feed­back from the pub­lic.

“What we’re propos­ing does ac­tu­ally re­flect quite ex­haus­tive for­mal and in­for­mal con­sul­ta­tion among a broad range of stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the com­mu­nity and busi­nesses. So what we’re propos­ing here rep- re­sents a lot of time, ef­fort and think­ing about what would be best here in this con­text.”

He said the eco­nomic im­pact state­ment that was com­mis­sioned from Cairns economist Bill Cum­mings con­cluded that the ini­tial con­struc­tion of the three-stage project would cre­ate about 300 jobs.

There should be around 300 per­ma­nent jobs cre­ated by the project when it’s up and run­ning. The re­de­vel­oped Ma­rina is ex­pected to in­ject up to $48 mil­lion a year into the lo­cal econ­omy.

“What we’re cre­at­ing is the first new high end ac­com­mo­da­tion and busi­ness space in Port Dou­glas in many, many years,” Mr Hooper-Nguyen said.

“That’s will cre­ate the per­ma­nent jobs.”

The glit­ter­ing project will in­volve a mix­ture of town­houses and units of var­i­ous sizes and con­fig­u­ra­tions, all with ground floor park­ing, in strata ti­tle.

“We’ll have new restau­rants and cafes on the wa­ter­front, we’ll have 85 res­i­dences which need to be ser­viced, and man­aged and main­tained, and the pool has to be cleaned, and so on . . .”

The res­i­dences, in three lev­els, range from four bed­room town­houses, with water views, to one bed­room units fac­ing the ar­bore­tum.

“We’re try­ing to de­velop a mix with some­thing for ev­ery­one,” he said.

Mr Hooper-Nguyen is proud of the project, nat­u­rally, but one of his favourite fea­tures is the rain­for­est walk.

It will run from the eastern wing of the cur­rent build­ing, which is go­ing to be de­mol­ished, and ex­tend to­wards Wharf St.

Pic­ture: SHANE NI­CHOLS

Rain­for­est Walk at the Ma­rina will re­tain the trusses from the old build­ing

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