Tony Kelly, Robert McDonald and Peter Daly at Boyd's Bay.
Tony Kelly, Robert McDonald and Peter Daly at Boyd's Bay.

Boyds bay marina launch

THE construction of a $30 million marina precinct at Boyds Bays will create 200 local jobs during development and 40 full time jobs once completed.

The massive boost to maritime infrastructure in Tweed Heads was announced by New South Wales Lands Minister Tony Kelly yesterday morning.

Boyds Bay Marina will provide 185 marina berths, a 160-dry-boat storage facility, a waterfront marine-lifestyle complex and a fuel pontoon and unleaded refuelling facility, which are expected to help expose the Tweed to more boating and tourism- related business.

Mr Kelly said the de- velopment, if approved, would result in valuable economic benefits to the local economy.

“This exciting project will cater for growth in the recreational boating industry, improve boating and mooring facilities, and provide a devel- opment that is environmentally sustainable,” Mr Kelly said.

“The Boyds Bay site is effectively the only site on the Tweed River suitable for such a facility, being close to the main channel and river entrance, and close to existing maritime facilities at the southern boat harbour.”

The project will be developed by Twin City Marina Consortium, a joint venture between Seymour Group and Watpac Property.

Mr Kelly said the next stage of the project will involve the finalisation of commercial terms and signing of a development agreement.

“This commercial model between the Department of Lands and the proponent is an agreement to lease, conditional on development approval,” Mr Kelly said.

“It will now be up to Twin City Marina Consortium to prepare a development application (DA), and I can assure the community that pub- lic consultation will occur as part of the devel- opment assessment process.”

The DA is expected to be completed in the next six months, with hopes that construction will begin in the following 12 months. The project will take several years to complete.

Seymour Group and Watpac Limited chairman Kevin Seymour said the project firmly consolidates the Tweed's reputation as a boating paradise.

“Our vision is to transform the site into a world-class marina and boating facility with comprehensive community amenities,” Mr Seymour said.

“We now look forward to realising this vision and setting new benchmarks in sustainability design, community benefit and environmental compatibility.”

Watpac managing director Greg Kempton said they would draw on past experience in mar- ina development in sensitive and pristine areas.

“We are very aware of our obligations and re- sponsibilities to ensure this natural beauty is protected and enhanced through the creation of the Boyds Bay Marina,” Mr Kempton said.

“We're also conscious of our significance to this area to its traditional owners and will work in closely with indigenous representatives, as well as other key local stakeholders within the community.”

What we get

• 185 marina berths and associated support facilities.

• 160 dry boat storage and maintenance facility.

• Waterfront marine lifestyle complex.

• Waterfront promenade.

• Boat hire and coffee shop.

• Marine light industrial tenancies.

• Fuel pontoon and unleaded refuelling facility.

• Upgraded public jetty.

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