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 April 2014
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 February 2014
Status: Completed in April 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: Completed in August 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 continue until late 2016. Upgrade of power to the South Marina is now complete with greater availability of three phase power.
Upgrade and installation of 24 hour debit/ credit facilities, including the addition of Premium Unleaded fuel.
Status: 24 hour debit/credit facilities on the fuel wharf is now available. Premium Unleaded fuel available.
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.
Status: Dredging is in progress currently in the South Marina focusing on tide restricted areas. Over the past 6 months, access has been greatly increased with the aim to have completed the program by mid 2016.
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.
Status: The retention pond is 1/3 full and with continued dredging the parkland is set to be complete by mid 2016.
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.