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2018 September October Marina World

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PLANNING & DESIGN Left: Outer breakwaters and inner harbours for Shell Cove Marina. Below: Artist’s impression showing one of the two marina basins. tremendous feats of engineering and require some 400,000 tonnes of various sized quarried rock. They will shelter a channel into the new outer and inner harbour basins which have been excavated in readiness for flooding. Taking advantage of the fairly dry harbour, Walcon Marine has now started to install the majority of the marina piling so that work can be completed within a controlled environment. The construction crew has to regularly pump out the storm water run-off that will eventually fill the harbour. Tubular steel piles with HDPE sleeves are being embedded into rock and fully protected from any possible acid sulphate soil contamination. Walcon’s System 2000 heavy-duty floating pontoons incorporating precast concrete decking will be installed in stages. The first 115 berths are due to be operational by mid-2019. All berths will have power and water via Rolec Quantum service pedestals. The marina will also offer a range of support services including boat service and maintenance facilities, drystack storage, hardstand and a public boat ramp with parking for cars and trailers. Walcon is building the public boat ramp pontoon, a commercial vessel pontoon and a public jetty. Other key components of the project, such as excavation of the inner harbour, formation of the edge treatments and placement of pylons for the 800m (2,625ft) boardwalk that will frame the harbour are progressing well. Walcon Australasian director – business, George Sofoulis, has committed Walcon to providing a showcase marina. “The 143-berth marina Walcon Marine built for Frasers Property at its Port Coogee estate development in Western Australia achieved everyone’s objectives for a state-of-the-art marina facility and we will ensure the same outcome for Shellharbour Marina,” he said. Ian McAndrew, Walcon Marine senior group consultant, has had a long involvement with Shell Cove. In his previous role as a marina consultant, he worked professionally in preparing the demand study for the project some 14 years ago and with the project’s then engineering consultants on marina design issues. “I am really delighted after all these years to see Shellharbour Marina come into being,” he commented. “We are also extremely proud that Walcon Marine has been selected to play this major role and we look forward to working with Shellharbour City Council, Frasers Property and the other contractors and professionals in bringing this prestigious development into what I know will be successful operations in 2019.” While work on the marina moves forward, Frasers Property has been fielding enquiries for a variety of housing options at The Waterfront. In August it released 18 Shoal Release land lots ranging in size from 345 to 721m² (3,713 to 7,761ft²) via an online ballot. Prices range from AU5,000 to AU0,000. Swift uptake is expected. “There are limited opportunities for people to create their perfect home by the water and the Shoal Release offers them a sea change less than 1km away [0.6mi] from a brand new town centre,” Colquhoun explained. “To date, each new release at Shell Cove, be it land or homes, has been met with intense interest. Now that the community is taking shape and people can envisage what their life at Shell Cove could be, this interest is only growing stronger.” It is anticipated that around 3,000 prime residences will ultimately be built in the new precinct as well as an 18-hole championship golf course, community parks, playgrounds and cycle-ways. - September/October 2018 19

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