‘The hard work is about to start now’

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tib­balls

THE $85 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of The Reef Ma­rina at Port Dou­glas has the green light to pro­ceed with the big­gest con­struc­tion project in the shire in a gen­er­a­tion.

Two years of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the ma­rina own­ers, the Dou­glas Shire Coun­cil and the State Gov­ern­ment on the re­ju­ve­na­tion of the wa­ter­front cleared the coun­cil vote unan­i­mously.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu said it was a his­toric mo­ment.

“We are, of course, aware that the Port Dou­glas Ma­rina has been the fo­cus of sig­nifithe cant de­vel­op­ment in­ter­est over a num­ber of years, but for var­i­ous rea­sons projects have never got off the ground,” she said.

Each coun­cil­lor said that the need for a full do-over of the wa­ter­front was well over­due.

“There’s no ques­tion the cur­rent ma­rina fa­cil­i­ties are tired and des­per­ately in need of re­newal,” said coun­cil­lor David Carey.

It wasn’t all rosy. Get­ting to the point of ap­proval was a long and hard-fought process.

Cr Carey said the de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tion had pre­sented a great deal of chal­lenges to coun­cil.

“(It was) cer­tainly the great­est chal­lenges in con­sid­er­ing any DA since this coun­cil was de-amal­ga­mated.”

Ma­rina co-owner An­drew Hooper-Nguyen said the ap­proval was just the be­gin­ning, with a long road ahead.

“The hard work starts now,” said Mr Hooper-Nguyen.

“We’re very pleased with the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion. Our next step is to progress the de­tailed de­sign work, ac­ti­vate our con­sul­tant team and to ad­vance the ad­di­tional ap­provals re­quired.”

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