Plans now tak­ing shape at Abell Point ma­rina

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

WHAT was for­merly a mud pond is quickly be­ing trans­formed into a 250-bay car park and the base layer for a com­mu­nity park by new Abell Point Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet.

Mr Dar­rouzet says the car park at the top en­trance to the ma­rina will also in­cor­po­rate bus bays and a he­li­pad and is ex­pected to be fin­ished and op­er­a­tional by Christ­mas.

“It’s been a ter­ri­ble eye­sore for seven years but when it’s all fin­ished it will be lovely,” he said.

On Tues­day, Mr Dar­rouzet in­vited fed­eral mem­ber for Daw­son Ge­orge Chris­tensen on a progress tour of the cur­rent con­struc­tion works.

Mr Chris­tensen said he was im­pressed by what he saw.

“It’s cer­tainly go­ing to be a re­mark­able new at­trac­tion for the Whit­sun­days and that park in par­tic­u­lar will be ab­so­lutely spec­tac­u­lar once it’s fin­ished,” he said.

Once the new car park is com­plete, work will start on the en­trance way to the ma­rina from Shin­g­ley Drive. The plan is for a two-lane road that will lead to a six-lane tran­sit cen­tre out­side the south ma­rina of­fice, com­plete with Port Cocheres.

A trial dredg­ing ex­er­cise will also start to­wards the end of the month, in­side the ma­rina basin.

Mean­while, staff are pre­par­ing to move out of the of­fice at the south­ern end of the ma­rina, which is set for a big re­fur­bish­ment.

Mr Dar­rouzet said once fin­ished this would in­cor­po­rate break­out ar­eas and meet­ing rooms as well as a more ef­fi­cient of­fice space.

Ma­rina op­er­a­tions will con­tinue to be run on site from a tem­po­rary of­fice be­side Air­lie Elec­tron­ics and the Cruise Whit­sun­days base.

ON SITE: John War­ren (War­ren Trans­port and Plant Hire) and Paul Dar­rouzet (Abell Point Ma­rina) took fed­eral mem­ber for Daw­son, Ge­orge Chris­tensen, on a site in­spec­tion of Abell Point Ma­rina on Tues­day.

GRAND PLANS: A con­cept draw­ing of the Port Cochere over the new six-lane tran­sit ter­mi­nal out­side the ma­rina's south­ern of­fice.

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