Marina backed

SORELL Council will know this month if there is any private sector interest in developing the proposed Dunalley Marina and Economic Cultural Hub.

The potential multi-million development includes a 150 berth marina, 60 bed boat  house, five star hotel and retail, cultural and tourism hub and was first identified by the community as a project which could transform the local economy after the devastating 2013 Dunalley bushfires.

The council is conducting an expression of interest process to attract a suitably skilled and experienced developer to invest in and operate, or develop and sub-lease.

The EOI process closes on December 13.

Sorell Mayor Kerry Vincent said with Tasmania having the highest boat ownership in the country and a coastline increasingly popular for visiting yachts and motor boats, the potential for small marinas dotted along the South-East and East Coast was significant.

Mr Vincent said the marina could be part of a wider concept of developing a Great Eastern Drive by boat.

“The concept would be marinas at Dodges Ferry, Dunalley, Murdunna and around the peninsula to Orford, Swansea and Bicheno,’’ Mr Vincent said.

“By developing key ports around the coast we could support local small businesses that could service local and visiting boaties.’’

Mr Vincent said there had been overwhelming support for the Dunalley marina concept plan at public meetings in the past.

He said the question now was whether there was sufficient private sector interest in taking the concept to the next stage.

He said Sorell Council was working with KPMG to progress the EOI.

“I’m hopeful there is interest out there in what could be a transformative development for Dunalley and the surrounding area.”

One Comment

  1. Angela Panaretos says:

    I was told, by Robert Higgins (General Manager) when I protested at the curb and gutter, bitumen frenzy occurring in Dodges Ferry, with lack of any public consultation…. that I was ‘in the minority’, the inference being, the minority opinion was not important to Sorell Council’s biased interpretation of ‘progress’.
    How many people own a boat big enough to sail up and down Tasmania’s coast, pulling into these proposed ports and spending their money, so wonderfully?
    Is it the majority…or the minority??
    I suspect, again, it is the wealthier few who would appreciate a complete invasion of our quiet waterways and peaceful way of life, by Council building these ‘lack of visionary’ marinas in our towns. Can the Council provide evidence that it is majority opinion, in Dunalley, Murdunna, Dodges Ferry??
    “17.9% of people in the AB (wealthiest) quintile own boats, while those in the E and FG quintiles (least wealthy) are far less likely to own a boat.” (Trident Marine Insurance).
    Is Sorell Council, like Donald Trump, supporting the minority when it fits with their preconceived bias but calling it ‘an illegal vote’ when it disagrees with their ambitions??
    How will marinas prevent rubbish, visual and noise pollution in an area that belongs to all Tasmanians?
    Has Sorell Council considered impact on the endangered Red Handfish, found in the area?
    Please don’t build marinas.

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