BIGGER BOATS: A proposed major refurbishment of Coffs Harbour Marina could boost business.
BIGGER BOATS: A proposed major refurbishment of Coffs Harbour Marina could boost business. Trevor Veale

Plans to attract top-end vessels to Coffs

A NEW lease arrangement for Coffs Harbour Marina is being considered by the State Government in a move that could attract a new market of vessels to berth on the Coffs Coast.

Star Marinas has lodged plans for a lease extension that includes a major refurbishment of the marina's main floating structure.

Marina operations manager Warren Russell said it could boost the number of vessels docking on the Coffs Coast as current berths were unable to accommodate larger boats.

"Parts of the (floating structure) go back 30-odd years and the design was built to accommodate vessels of that time," MrRussell said.

"Boating trends have changed dramatically, there are bigger boats, more catamarans, and if we don't have the berthing size, they go past us."

Plans have incorporated a study of vessels that travel from Tasmania to Airlie Beach, along with the marina's own records.

Star Marinas' lease expires in early 2021 but it's hoped an extension on the tenure can be secured from the Department of Lands.

Mr Russell said the proposal was at the financial modelling stage, which would be used by the State Government with predictive calculations to determine the tenure.

The proposal comes as the marina injects $2.1million into refurbishments following damage caused by last month's east coast low.



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