DSC, Ma­rina and fleet clear way for works

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

COUN­CIL, The Reef Ma­rina (TRM) and the Port Dou­glas Com­mer­cial Fish­er­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion (PDCFA) have paved the way for con­struc­tion to be­gin on the pro­posed $85 mil­lion ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment with the fi­nal­i­sa­tion of two his­toric Deeds of Agree­ment.

Coun­cil yes­ter­day en­dorsed the Deed of Agree­ment (Re­lo­ca­tion of a Moor­ing Fa­cil­ity) be­tween Coun­cil, TRM and the PDCFA fol­low­ing on from the en­dorse­ment of the Deed of Agree­ment (Preser­va­tion of Slip­way) signed off by Coun­cil and TRM on April 26.

The ex­e­cu­tion of the deeds will al­low TRM to move for­ward with its development ap­pli­ca­tion to build a new com­mer­cial/res­i­den­tial precinct at the ma­rina and ob­tain free­hold over the land from the State Govern­ment.

Mayor Ju­lia Leu hailed the en­dorse­ment of the agree­ments as a his­toric oc­ca­sion that will en­sure the fu­ture vi­a­bil­ity of the com­mer­cial fish­ing in­dus­try in Port Dou­glas while fa­cil­i­tat­ing the re­de­vel­op­ment of the ma­rina.

Un­der the terms of the agree­ment, TRM must build the new com­mer­cial fish­ing berths on the south­ern fringe of the ma­rina basin ad­ja­cent to Lot 96 prior to be­gin­ning con­struc­tion of the com­mer­cial/res­i­den­tial com­po­nents of the ma­rina re­de­vel­op­ment.

Coun­cil has com­mit­ted to con­struct the in­fra­struc­ture re­quired to en­able the PDCFA ac­cess to Lot 96 for stor­age op­er­a­tions, ameni­ties and park­ing.

It is hoped that a com­mer­cial “fish­er­men’s wharf” can be es­tab­lished on the site of Lot 96 in the fu­ture so peo­ple can pur­chase and en­joy their seafood fresh off the boats over­look­ing the ma­rina.

The Reef Ma­rina, Port Dou­glas: the stick­ing points have been re­solved

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