Marina $6m upgrade waits

A $6 MILLION redevelopment of the Coffs Harbour Marina, the largest harbourside upgrade planned in three decades, is on the table before the State Government.

Current marina leaseholders Star Marinas, under the company name, Coffs Harbour International Marina, hope to secure a construction and development approval for the project this year. Director of Coffs Harbour International Marina, Kevin Miller, said the double storey development is dependant on the company securing a longer term lease on the site.

The company has 11 years left to run on its current tenure.

For six months now it has negotiated with government for what it calls a more ‘tenable and commerically viable lease’.

“Our company hopes to spend $6 million upgrading the existing marina, which is 30 years old and was badly damaged in the storms of May last year and to upgrade the existing shops, something we have been slowly doing for three years now,” Mr Miller said.

“Marina structures only last 25-30 years and the current floating structures are 30 years old.

“We would love to leave our ‘Urban Renewal’ mark on the project at Coffs Harbour.

“We will be delighted to tell the community that their harbour facilities will be upgraded at our expense but alas we can’t do that at this time,” he said.

The Land and Property Management Authority said the discussions are focusing on achieving the best outcome for boat owners and the community.

“The department is committed to the marina redevelopment and looks forward to continuing positive negotiations with Coffs Harbour International Marina,” a spokesman for the department said.

The government is also seeking to clarify a number of matters relating to the proposal with the company.

“Until an agreement is reached it is not possible to address matters such as development approval and construction,” the spokesperson said.

A $10 million jetty foreshores redevelopment plan put forward by Coffs Harbour International Marina was last year found to be unviable. The difference with this proposal, the company maintains, is that it will focus on upgrading the existing marina and not the southern side of the harbour.

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