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The Sunshine Coast mayor says a new multimillion-dollar marina will be a “key asset” to the community.

Mark Jamieson celebrated the opening of the Pelican Waters Marina with a tour of the fully serviced marine yard and boat stacking facility on Tuesday.

The state-of-the-art complex, which opened for business last month, boasts the region’s first fully enclosed dry-boat storage for up to 160 vessels, and 126 wet berths.

It’s the first marina in the area in more than 30 years.

“The marina is a key asset to our local economy and its completion marks a significant milestone for the Pelican Waters and wider Sunshine Coast community,” Cr Jamieson said.

“The $16 million investment is a welcome boost to the Sunshine Coast marine industry with an anticipated economic impact for the region of $52.68 million and 119 new jobs.

“Council is pleased to have been able to provide business and development support to Pelican Waters Marina and I congratulate the company on its success in delivering this project.”

Councillor Terry Landsberg said it was exciting to see the full-service marina come to fruition after years of planning.

Councillor Terry Landsberg, Pelican Waters general manager development Hamish Pressland, Caloundra Coast Guard representatives, Pelican Waters Marina director Les Binkin and Sunshine Coast Mayor Mark Jamieson.

“The location of the marina in a strong southern Sunshine Coast area makes it ideal for marina operators including the Caloundra Coast Guard, who require convenient access to services, fuel and fresh water,” he said.

The marina is the culmination of an eight-year collaboration between joint venture partners Pelican Waters Heart, which developed Pelican Waters, and Les Binkin’s Marine Holdings Australia, which designed and operates the facility.

Pelican Waters Marina director Mr Binkin said the environmental and sustainability visions had been paramount in the construction and delivery of the marina.

“Pelican Waters Marina has worked closely with council, Unitywater and other authorities to operate as a clean marina and safe harbour for boaties, ensuring the waterways are protected,” he said.

The marina has the region’s first fully enclosed dry boat storage facility, for up to 160 vessels.

“The marina implements a specialised sewerage pump-out system for boats, plus a boatyard for marine repairs in accordance with best practice to manage waste and run-off.

“It also offers marine berths instead of moorings in the Pumicestone Passage to avoid impacts on sea grass and other aquatic plants via anchor damage.”

Pelican Waters general manager development Hamish Pressland encouraged interested boat owners and businesses to get in touch.

“We want the boating community to know that the marina is now fully operational and encourage them to secure their berth to avoid disappointment,” he said.

“Marine professional businesses who are keen to open up or transfer their business into the marina should also get in touch to find out how to become part of the team.”

The new Pelican Waters Marina.

The marina is currently offering an early bird special of dry boat storage from $450 per month for a 6m vessel and marina berths from $750 per month for a 10m berth.

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