DSC, Marina and fleet clear way for works
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.
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