The Port Douglas Waterfront South precinct may be broadly defined as the area surrounding the Port Douglas Yacht Club, which includes Closehaven Marina, the outrigger club and boat yard, open space and mangroves.
With a 50% contribution from the Federal Government, under the Regional Jobs and Investment Packages, Council commissioned AECOM to identify a preferred mix of compatible land uses suitable for viable businesses.
Through stakeholder consultation, environmental, economic, marine and geo-technical and traffic engineering investigations, the study evaluates the feasibility of a range of land uses to produce a draft concept master plan.
This work will pave the way for the creation of opportunities for new investment in infrastructure, sustainability of the fishing fleet, enhanced facilities for private boat owners and the creation of new tourism infrastructure.
A draft concept master plan was made available for public comment and feedback from the community. See the consultation report & draft plan, here. In brief, the proposal includes:
- Marine Industry Precinct
- Public boat ramp, pontoon and trailer parking 100 space car parks
- Future Marine Industry
- Water edge park and natural mangrove area
- Relocated boat yard with waterfront access and car park (shared with creek moorings and yacht club)
- Centralised tourist and retail hub offering retail, food and beverage and tourism based services supported by a ‘market square’
- Shared bus and taxi drop off zone combined with short term parking
- Creation of quayside area adjacent to Closehaven Marina and Fisherman’s Wharf.
- Bus layover area with new pedestrian access linking to the precinct
- Bally Hooley train station