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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS 10m (33ft) to 32m (105ft), with several taking superyachts. The marina will be managed using internally developed marina management software. The marina will offer pump-out services and tight security, including 24-hour CCTV, gated berthing areas and routine security patrols. While it does not plan to offer a boat yard, one is available a short 15-minute drive away at Bundaberg Port Marina. Unlocking community and tourism opportunities in Bundaberg A major development in Queensland, Australia will ultimately offer 318 berths within a state-of-the-art waterfront development on the edge of the world’s largest reef. A true gateway to the country’s spectacular Great Barrier Reef, plans for the 318-berth Gateway Marina at Burnett Heads Boat Harbour in Bundaberg are taking shape. The regional council has now granted approval for a 273-berth marina to be built in a first stage of development, with harbour dredging already under way. The developer’s vision is to integrate a master waterfront development in and around the existing harbour, creating a new tourism, lifestyle and leisure precinct. Plans for a marina were originally floated by Sydney-based BH Developments, which lodged an application with Bundaberg Regional Council for an integrated marina and resort project. BHD managing director, Simon Harvey, says: “It was not hard to get excited at the opportunity. With marina projects, creating a safe, sheltered harbour usually becomes the responsibility of the developer. In this case, the harbour already existed and the fact that it is an idyllic setting surrounded by so many amazing and accessible attractions makes it the perfect location. The strong support we have received from the council and Gladstone Ports Corporation has also been very refreshing.” Bundaberg Region mayor, Jack Dempsey, adds that, if approved, the proposed major development will draw more tourists to the already highly popular area. Dredging works have now commenced and have so far cleared 60,000m³ (78,000yd³) of sediment. When finished, berths will be built in stages over a 7ha (17 acre) ‘wet area lease’ within the protected harbour. The first 56 berths and two commercial berths are expected to be completed by August and December this year. During construction, the existing hard stand and chandlery building will be upgraded to provide secure parking, a new chandlery/general store, bathroom amenities including shower facilities and a manager’s office. A 24-hour fuel berth will also be installed and operating. Tendering for the manufacture, supply and installation of these first berths, fuel dock and commercial berths is nearing completion. A spokesperson for the marina said floating pontoons would be provided by Poralu Marine and each would have modern power pedestals, with the manufacturer yet to be announced. Berths will accommodate vessels ranging from Preserving a delicate environment Consideration of the delicate environment surrounding the site has been key to the planning process and will continue to be highlighted throughout the development. The proposals outline the use of recyclable and sustainable materials in all construction work, along with the reuse of dredge material throughout the project. ‘Green’ technologies will be adopted throughout, such as solar for power, passive ventilation for cooling and rainwater harvesting for toilets and irrigation. In consideration of local marine turtle nesting areas, low level LED lighting applications have been incorporated into the development scope. Operations manager Gary Milne says: “We are committed to sustainable development through criteria of environmental education and information, environmental management, safety and water quality within the marina.” He adds that, when the marina is complete, he plans to sign up to the Marina Industries Association (MIA) Clean Marina programme. A glittering waterfront development An application has also been lodged to develop an adjacent 7ha (17 acre) area of freehold waterfront land to support a substantial mixed-use marina village and resort complex. If approved, the first stage of construction will immediately commence with plans to open in 2020. It will provide short- and long-term accommodation, a blend of maritime and tourism activities, boutique retail, restaurants and cafés and green open spaces. Future plans include a residential component, which will occupy the eastern end and, with thoughtful consideration of the existing waterfront complex, a public boardwalk will be situated along the southern edge of www.marinaworld.com - May/June 2019 37

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