Plans con­tinue to progress at Abell Point

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

ABELL Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet met with com­mer­cial ten­ants and ma­rina oc­cu­pants this week to pro­vide an up­date about his on­go­ing plans.

Mr Dar­rouzet said work had al­ready started on a 300-bay car park that would be fin­ished within the next three months. He said in ad­di­tion to im­prov­ing the ma­rina’s car park­ing sit­u­a­tion, work would also be done to ei­ther de­mol­ish or re­fur­bish of­fices and im­prove sec­tions of out­door space.

“That whole north­ern end will be given a mas­sive facelift with a dif­fer­ent and bet­ter colour-scheme, more par­ti­tions and the ex­ist­ing of­fice will be de­mol­ished so you’ll have a beau­ti­ful area with clear views out over the ma­rina. Peo­ple will have an ex­pe­ri­ence sim­i­lar to the one you get op­po­site the bak­ery on Hamil­ton Is­land and [with] a real vil­lage at­mos­phere to the whole thing,” he said.

Al­ready, toi­let blocks have been re­fur­bished and a new laun­dro­mat in­stalled. There are plans to up­grade the ma­rina’s A, B and C arms and in­stall two su­pery­acht berths with a seven-tonne roll-on, roll-off ca­pac­ity.

“We’ve also got a whole up­grade on our cus­tomer ser­vice,” Mr Dar­rouzet said.

From now on­wards, skip­pers and crews ar­riv­ing at the ma­rina will be pre­sented with a wel­come pack and there are also plans to em­ploy a ded­i­cated dock­hand.

As for the planned dredg­ing, Mr Dar­rouzet said de­ci­sions on Fed­eral Govern­ment en­vi­ron­men­tal ap­provals were ex­pected to made to­day (Au­gust 8). Dredg­ing and con­struc­tion of the com­mu­nity park is ex­pected to take one year to com­plete.

“In about 12 months you should see a re­ally nice place,” Mr Dar­rouzet said.

“We’re not build­ing high rises, we’re not build­ing low rises, we’re build­ing parks and plazas and bet­ter ex­pe­ri­ences along the fore­shore.”

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