Revamp for the Elizabeth Bay marina
Thursday, 29 March 2018
The century-old Elizabeth Bay Marina has undergone a redesign, reinvigorating the deteriorated site and installing a new waterside cafe.
Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey today officially opened the newly transformed Elizabeth Bay Marina, following major safety upgrades. With close to 10,000 boaters using Sydney Harbour each week, the delivery of this marina, the boating community will have improved access and more reliable services at the Marina.
Mrs Pavey said the NSW Government’s $6.5 million investment into the precinct was essential after the old marina was found to be unsafe during a structural safety assessment last year.
“The old marina was demolished in August last year and we have been working hard to get these immediate safety upgrades completed so the precinct could be returned to the community,” Mrs Pavey said.
“Today I’m thrilled to officially open to the public the new marina with improved facilities, better security and safer water access for kayaks, boats and paddleboards, and the new café.
“The wharf at the end of Ithaca Road has been there for over 100 years and is richly engrained in the local history and community, so this investment to preservice this historical landmark.”
Mrs Pavey said the upgrades have made it an eco-friendly marina, using iron bark cladding, installing a rainwater tank to ensure all rainwater can be used wherever practical and placing solar panels on the roof to reduce the power load.
“There is also five 12 metre berths and eight 15 metre berths as well as storage for 46 kayaks and paddleboards,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The previous facility was often flooded and damaged during high tides, and boats regularly broke away during high winds and large storms, the new floating pontoon attached to the marina has been designed to stop this and to allow safer water access.”
Mrs Pavey said part of the investment compliant gangways and widened pontoons were installed, making the new precinct accessible to people of all abilities.
“The community feedback was important and from the community consultation we reduced the size of the larger berths, provided after hours access, and made modifications to the kayak facility to minimise the impact on the seagrasses in the local area,” Mrs Pavey said.
“The maritime history of the site has been preserved with historical information showcased in panels installed along the entrance to the marina.”