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2021 March April Marina World

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WATERFRONT DEVELOPMENTS The precinct and its community will be developed in harmony with the region’s natural features and boast areas of leafy public and private spaces. which have a proven track record in marina development and the financial capability to progress the project. The plans received official approval in 2009. The Port Binnli Group – North Harbour Holdings’ majority owner – will be responsible for designing and planning. Having previously developed Queensland’s Mackay and Raby Bay Marinas, the Group is now bringing its 30 years’ experience of designing, building, owning and operating marina facilities, waterfront residential and commercial precincts to North Harbour. The 479-berth Mackay Marina, located midway between Brisbane and Cairns and occupying almost 25ha (62 acres), has twice won the Marina Industry Association’s (MIA) Marina of the Year Award. It was also the first marina in Queensland to be awarded ‘Fish Friendly’ accreditation as part of the International Clean Marina programme coordinated by the MIA. A key tourist drawcard for Mackay, established in the early 2000s, is a waterfront commercial village with an array of ancillary facilities including a fuel dock and one of the state’s premier shipyards. The Group also developed the marina at Raby Bay – a modern, boutique-style marina with 75 floating berths nestled in Cleveland’s protected waters, to the south of Brisbane. Bryan Finney, project director, explains: “At North Harbour, we have the opportunity to create a groundbreaking marina precinct that will help transform the local region and fuel its prosperity for many generations to come. Not only will it be a jobs powerhouse, but it will create new opportunities for boating enthusiasts to enjoy the abundance of wonderful natural attractions that Moreton Bay has to offer.” Priority development Neil Patchett, Boating Industry Association (Australia) spokesperson, says North Harbour would help to satisfy a growing demand for marina berths and facilities. “More storage and maintenance facilities are desperately needed to accommodate the State’s growing interest in boating and the increase in the number of registered vessels,” he says. The number of registered vessels in Queensland is growing, with the 2016 Recreational Ship Census putting the figure at 256,154. The popularity of boating has led to extensive waiting lists, for instance, on regional moorings. The urgency means North Harbour is set to be declared a ‘Priority Development Area’ (PDA) after it received a commitment from the Queensland Government during last year’s election campaign, as well as unanimous support from Moreton Bay Regional Council. Plans for the project have been in the works for over 15 years – and the marina has always been a key component. A PDA is a site declared by the Queensland Government as an area that will deliver significant benefits to the community. They help to fasttrack development, with the State Government working with the Council to streamline approval processes to stimulate economic growth and ensure projects reach the market sooner. Some parts of North Harbour have been delivered since 2009 and it is already home to more than 640 households. In 2018, it was named Queensland’s best residential subdivision in the prestigious Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Qld Awards for Excellence. But plans for the next stage required a PDA to be declared to proceed. Now that this has been secured, the marina will be built in stages, allowing opportunities for the community to begin enjoying the many recreational facilities within the coming years. “We’ve been delighted with the swift progress of North Harbour in the space of just five years since construction began and we can’t wait for the next phase of its development to begin,” says Finney. Environmental focus The precinct and its community will be developed in harmony with the region’s natural features, to include 400ha (1,000 acres) of large and leafy public and private spaces, walkable neighbourhoods, plentiful cycleways, well-connected road networks and integrated transport. The developers are also keen to safeguard the charm of the nearly meandering Caboolture River frontage as the build commences. The marina area and broader North Harbour project already has a significant history of technical studies to manage specific environmental and ecological impacts, including an approved Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Continued environmental excellence is at the core of plans – North Harbour has already achieved the highly sought-after EnviroDevelopment accreditation, an independent assessment of outstanding performance. Shane Newcombe, CEO of Moreton Bay Region Industry and Tourism, stresses: “North Harbour will be a game-changer for this region – and not just through the thousands of jobs it will create and the billions of dollars it will pump into our economy.’’ 26 – March/April 2021

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