WHILE many exciting developments at the Abell Point Marina have already taken place, there are still many more to come.
With construction now entering its final phase at the marina’s south village, it will soon be the northern end’s turn to be transformed.
Over the next six weeks, Abell Point Marina owner Paul Darrouzet intends to turn the north village into a pedestrian friendly destination with a tropical north Queensland feel.
In the space where the former office block stood, eight five-metre umbrellas will be installed, providing shade for visitors and a pleasant outdoor area with a premium water view.
The four remaining buildings will all be re-clad, re-painted and architecturally enhanced.
Mr Darrouzet described his vision for the end result as “a super-enhanced foreshore” providing a quality visitor experience. “It’s going to look sensational,” he said. “It’ll be the nicest foreshore in Airlie Beach.”
Meanwhile, on the water, a major dredging operation is about to start, which will allow all vessels to travel through the marina, regardless of their draft. The dredge material will not go to waste. Mr Darrouzet plans to use it as landfill for the former mud pond – soon to become a community park.
Significant power upgrades are also about to start, which, when finished, will make the marina a more desirable location for superyachts.
Mr Darrouzet promises that, “in a couple of months you won’t recognise the place”. “It’ll just be beautiful,” he said. “And with Tiger flying in from Sydney and if the Chinese investment comes off – this could be the next Monte Carlo.”