TRM looks forward to starting grand project
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.
Rainforest Walk at the Marina will retain the trusses from the old building