Construction starts on new marina

CONSTRUCTION has started on the berths for the new marina at the Port of Airlie.

Despite very strong rumours this week that the building of the resort would not go ahead, Meridien says it will and that it is all ahead of schedule.

Development director John Warlow said construction of the Boathouse Apartments was expected to be finished by September.

He said the Port of Airlie retail precinct would also go ahead.

Mr Warlow said Hutchinson Builders were back on site and that the project was on track for construction of the resort to start later this year.

The construction of the berths started last week with the piling rig for the marina arriving on one of the 15 semi-trailers of equipment required for the piling installation.

The 220 tonne crane arrived to load the four barge units into the marina.

The 80 tonne crawler crane was then walked onto the barge, ready for the first marina stage to start.

The barge itself is worth more than $2 million.

Mr Warlow said the new bus terminal had been designed and an application had been lodged with the Whitsunday Regional Council.

Meridien will be starting construction of the terminal in line with the ferry terminal before Christmas this year.

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