Plans now taking shape at Abell Point marina
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.