‘The hard work is about to start now’
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.”