New owner Paul Darrouzet, visited the Airlie area for over 26 years watching the slow deterioration of the marina and the lost opportunity. In April 2013, Darrouzet purchased the marina and has shown he means business with a clean slate across the board and plans to develop a world-class ‘destination marina’ experience for all visitors to enjoy. Through a mixture of enthusiasm, cooperation and investment, the resurgent marina is making a name once again as the marina to Stay, Play & Explore the Whitsundays.
The project team are excited to have well progressed the remediation and beautification of Abell Point Marina and its surrounds with major developments and their progress listed below.
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250 additional car parking bays have been developed across the marina precinct allowing for greater accessibility for marina customers to their vessel and marina village services. Bus parking bays have also been established in the south marina village for public transport, visiting coaches and tour buses.
Status: Completed in Apri
A six lane arrival and departure plaza with all-weather protection will be developed in south marina village allowing for an an easier flow of traffic and a comfortable process to unload provisioning or luggage.
Status: Completed in June 2014
Status: Will be finished by August 1 2014
Remediation and beautification of North Village, including demolition of existing marina office, new ocean side facilities, refurb of village buildings and increased shade and rest stations. Sorrento’s Restaurant/ Bar will also have a major extension to their balcony, allowing for a larger capacity and a greater view out over the Coral Sea.
Status: North Village beautification is currently progressing and due to be complete by August 1 2014.
Upgrade of A,B and C arms with two new 60 metre super yacht berths serviced by roll on roll of truck provisioning and service. Upgrade of shore power will also provide a greater access and option to power on the docks.
Status: Upgrade of A & B arms progressing with additional berthing and power upgrade to start from May 2014.
Upgrade and installation of 24 hour debit/ credit facilities, including the addition of Premium Unleaded fuel.
Status: Premium Unleaded now available with upgrade of fuel system commencing in July 2014.
With dredging testing completed in September 2013, a full dredging exercise will commence in July 2014 likely to extend over one year. With the commencement in July, problem areas will be prioritised to ensure increased tide access over the cruising season.
The dreaded dredge pond has been an eye sore for too many years and an underutilised area in the marina precinct. In conjunction with the dredging program, marine mud will be pumped up into the dredge pond and developed into a two acre community parkland overlooking the marina and out to the islands. The parkland will have walkways, shade pavilions and a sound stage providing a perfect space to relax, listen to music or attend a regular marina event.
The aim throughout the entire process is to create a wonderful experience for you, the customer and for your time as our guest, to be an event to remember for all the right reasons.