New en­trance at Abell Point

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

VIS­I­TORS ar­riv­ing at the Abell Point Ma­rina, can now make use of a four-lane ar­rival and de­par­ture area, com­plete with de­signer Port Cochere’s.

The con­course area for buses, taxis, tour char­ters and drop offs, has an­other lane be­hind it, which con­nects to the car park for long term park­ing.

The en­trance way is now also lined with the first group of what is ex­pected to num­ber about 50 flag poles, all fly­ing the flags of the world and in par­tic­u­lar, rep­re­sent­ing the na­tion­al­i­ties of people who come to the ma­rina, whether by land or by boat.

Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet said con­struc­tion on the en­trance way and Port Cochere’s fin­ished last week, adding to the new ar­chi­tec­tural theme of the ma­rina’s south vil­lage.

Al­ready, large pas­sen­ger num­bers from two cruise ships and reg­u­lar ferry trans­ports have put the new­est ad­di­tion to the fa­cil­ity to the test and Mr Dar­rouzet says he is thrilled with the re­sults.

“Thou­sands of people have ar­rived and de­parted in the last few days with­out one sin­gle hold up or hitch and that in­cludes hun­dreds of buses and taxis,” he said.

“It’s all hap­pened seam­lessly – happy days.” Mr Dar­rouzet said the new ar­range­ment al­lowed for 10 buses to line up at any one time, along with 1015 taxis, plus nor­mal ar­rival and de­par­ture drop-off’s.

Next on the agenda is a dredg­ing pro­gram, which starts to­day and will see the trans­fer­ral of 50,000 cu­bic me­tres of mud, from the ma­rina seabed to the for­mer “mud pond”, which is sched­uled to be­come a com­mu­nity park. Mr Dar­rouzet has al­ready brought in 8000 cu­bic me­tres of good top­soil to form a cap­ping layer, be­fore the area is grassed. A sound­shell and wed­ding pavil­ion are among the added ex­tras he plans to in­stall when the park is com­plete.

Mean­while the ma­rina’s north vil­lage is also un­der­go­ing a trans­for­ma­tion, due for com­ple­tion on Au­gust 1.

EN­TRY STATE­MENT: A new four-lane ar­rival and de­par­ture area com­plete with Port Cocheres has now been com­pleted at Abell Point Ma­rina. Ma­rina owner Paul Dar­rouzet (pic­tured) says the re­sult is seam­less move­ment through­out the fa­cil­ity.

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