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| 3 July 2012|
Glenelg Shire’s businesses, tourism and trade industries are set to benefit from the Portland harbour projects when marina berth works begin shortly in Portland.
Construction of the proposed marina is scheduled to commence within weeks and the project is expected to generate new employment opportunities for Glenelg Shire residents.
Superior Jetties, the contractor for the marina berth works will be carrying out construction work, including manufacturing pontoons, in Portland and will be seeking expressions of interest from local skilled tradespeople.
The contractor will develop and construct a 70 berth floating marina at the Maritime Discovery Centre, in accordance with the Portland Bay Coastal Infrastructure Plan.
The marina will be developed by Superior Jetties in line with sustainable best practice to ensure minimal impact on the environment and the community.
Temporary fencing has been erected around the area adjacent to the Centre which will be used as the works site for the project; however access to the existing pontoon will be available during this period.
Council expects that there will be minimum disruption to boaters and foreshore users though for safety reasons people are encouraged to stay clear of the area and observe all signage.
Glenelg Shire Council Group Manager Planning and Economic Development Syd Deam said Council was pleased that work on the marina was to commence shortly.
“The marina construction is a key part of the stage one works and we are hopeful that these works will also create improved employment opportunities for skilled staff in our community,” he said.
The Portland Bay Coastal Infrastructure Plan projects are funded by the Victorian Government’s Regional Infrastructure Development Fund ($3.1m), Boating Safety and Facilities Program ($1.49m) and a Council contribution of $1.5 million.