Plans progress

Whitsunday Times - - STAY.PLAY.EXPLORE -

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.”

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