Marina to get full makeover
THE Star Marina Group has confirmed it is the company negotiating with the State Government to redevelop Coffs Harbour Marina with a multi-million dollar makeover.
The confirmation came yesterday following State Minister Tony Kelly’s statement that he hoped to see new harbour development go ahead this year.
Star Marina’s operations manager Hylton Miller said Coffs International Marina Pty Ltd is working with the Department of Lands to make the planned redevelopment feasible following an earlier submission that was rejected last year.
Discussions have also focussed on government plans to raise the marina’s northern breakwall and overcome the harbour’s sand movements through permanent dredging solutions.
“I can confirm we are pressing ahead with our plans of a redevelopment of the Coffs marina,” Mr Miller said.
“I can’t give much away at this stage, but we are refining our development concept and look forward to working with the NSW Government to add to our investment in the harbour as well as to the wider tourist appeal of the Jetty Foreshores.
“There are big issues restricting the redevelopment such as the sand, permanent dredging and the effectiveness of the breakwalls.
Major funding needs to be spent on correcting these before our company can press ahead with suitable development,” he said.
Mr Kelly, the NSW Minister for Planning, Infrastructure and Lands, said the department was in final negotiations with the harbour-side proponents.
The formal Development Applications is expected to be lodged imminently.
The marina company’s original $10 million plan to extend the marina to the southern side of the harbour was found to be unviable in 2009 after the government called for expressions of interest in 2008.
Since that finding, Coffs Harbour International Marina has focussed on sewing up a longer term lease and in partnership with government, expanding the existing 165-berth marina.
Phil Fogarty, who has overseen the Department’s Foreshores redevelopment project, has told the Coffs Harbour Chamber of Commerce that upgrades to safeguard the harbour could cost up to $20 million.
Mr Kelly said the State Government was also working with Coffs Harbour City Council to look at better ways to deal with the 50,000 tonnes of sand that drifts into the harbour every year.