9 November 2023

Shellharbour Marina final stage underway with 30-year project set for completion in matter of months

| Keeli Royle
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Aerial view of boats in Shellharbour Marina at Shell Cove.

The final stages are underway to complete Shellharbour Marina. Photo: Supplied/Frasers Property.

The picturesque marina at the Waterfront Precinct that has reinvented Shell Cove is soon set to be completed with the final stage of works in the complex and multi-faceted infrastructure project now underway.

The planning and development of Shellharbour Marina has spanned three decades and more than one million cubic metres of soil and rock have been excavated to create the 12-hectare harbour, which has been complemented by surrounding boardwalk, promenades and shared paths.

Now, final works have begun this month on ‘fingers’ along the walkway to accommodate an additional 120 berths at the harbour.

By the end of November, 26 of the new berths are set to be completed, and the remaining 94 are to be in place by April next year. Floating pontoons and service pillars will also be installed.

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The completion will mark a significant moment not only for locals but also for tourists, as the project is designed to address a shortage of recreational boating facilities in the region.

“This represents an enormous volume of work from the teams at Shellharbour City Council and Frasers Property over more than 30 years on what is the jewel in the crown of this beautiful development,” Shellharbour Mayor Chris Homer said.

The precinct is already proving to be a major drawcard for the area with figures from Shellharbour City Council showing an almost 30 per cent increase in visitors between May and June 2023, compared to the same time last year.

The recent opening of the Marina Services Centre has added new publicly accessible green space, public amenities, ensuites, laundry and customer lounge to the range of facilities available to marina users.

“Shell Cove Harbour is already a major focal point for the region, for aquatic recreation, for boaties and non-boaties alike,” Cr Homer said.

“It’s the backdrop to many of our events, including the current PromenART Sculpture Walk installation, and is just a serene and enjoyable place.”

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The project completion will coincide with a rare opportunity to join the 9500 residents in the Shell Cove community, with buyers given the opportunity to build in the most scenic locations at the Waterfront.

The most recent land release included the first ever lots fronting the harbour within the Peninsula Precinct nestled between the harbour and the beach.

New homes have been approved for up to three storeys with private elevated backyards and will only be separated from the harbour by a boardwalk.

These lots will be the opportunity for buyers to build their dream homes overlooking this incredible Shellharbour asset,” Frasers property development director Mathew Gulliver said. “And we expect they’ll attract a price commensurate with their location.”

Developers are expecting the lots to reach the highest price yet for the precinct and exceed $2.98 million.

For more information on projects and land releases visit the Watefront website.

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