New ma­rina arm for sail­ing club

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

MEM­BERS of the Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club (WSC) are keenly an­tic­i­pat­ing the for­mal hand-over of a new 28-berth ma­rina arm at Port of Air­lie.

Though an of­fi­cial date has not yet been set, WSC pres­i­dent Bob Fen­ney said the han­dover was ex­pected to hap­pen within a mat­ter of weeks, mark­ing a mile­stone for both the sail­ing club and Port of Air­lie de­vel­op­ment.

“It has been a long time com­ing and the club is ex­cited to work with Port of Air­lie to en­hance the ma­rine in­dus­try in the Whit­sun­day re­gion,” Mr Fen­ney said.

Mr Fen­ney said the project was first con­ceived in 1994, when the club owned the seabed lease for what was then Muddy Bay.

“Ob­vi­ously we were never able to fi­nance a de­vel­op­ment of this mag­ni­tude and other peo­ple were, so we’ve traded our seabed lease for the right to have a ma­rina fin­ger and a block of land,” he ex­plained.

“Fos­ter­ing sail­ing in the com­mu­nity is some­thing which is close to our hearts and Port of Air­lie has of­fered full sup­port through­out this de­vel­op­ment,” he said.

Port of Air­lie gen­eral man­ager An­drew Forster said it would be “an ex­cit­ing and his­toric day” for both the sail­ing club and Port of Air­lie when the of­fi­cial hand-over took place.

“What was once a far away dream, that one day the WSC would have its own arm of berths is now re­al­ity,” he said.

“Ev­ery­one in­volved with the Port of Air­lie is look­ing for­ward to a great on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with the WSC. Bob, his com­mit­tee and all the mem­bers will be very proud of this new fa­cil­ity.”

Known as ‘I’ arm, the project is a joint de­vel­op­ment be­tween Port of Air­lie and the sail­ing club and will in­clude 12 and 18 me­tre berths.

NEW AS­SET: Whit­sun­day Sail­ing Club pres­i­dent Bob Fen­ney be­side the club's new 28-berth ma­rina arm at Port of Air­lie, which is due to be handed over in a mat­ter of weeks.

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