Markwells makes a move, at last

By ED SOUTHORN

AT last! Eagerly-awaited development work has begun on the old Markwells vacant site at the base of Boyds Bay Bridge.

Thousands of motorists every day drive past the landmark spot, known as Pier 2.

Many this week noticed earthworks were under way, about 12 months since the site's previous owner had appeared to be starting work but then abruptly halted after fixing small steel marker posts into cement at ground level.

Current owner Brisbane-based Dickinson Constructions Pty Ltd has started dredging and building a rock wall in the Tweed River for a 29-berth marina directly adjacent to the development site, where Dickinson wants to build a tavern.

"Yes, we have started work, all systems are go," a spokesman said yesterday.

He said that even though some approvals for the project were still to be finalised with Tweed Shire officials and administrators, this was expected to be sorted out in about six weeks.

The Dickinson spokesman said construction would take at least 12 months to be completed.

"We know people are keen to see the site go ahead and so are we, but we are still in the final approvals stage.

"We have begun dredging to achieve the required depths for the marina."

Tweed Shire Council previously approved a marina, tavern, shops, professional suites and car parks for the site six years ago.

But Gold Coast-based Norva Investments struggled to finance the project and last year sold the land to Dickinson.

The new owners then submitted revised plans to Council seeking modifications including the addition of eight flagpoles outside a two-storey tavern.



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