Last week it was announced by Shellharbour City Council and Frasers Property that the 270 berth Shellharbour Marina to be built at Shell Cove on the New South Wales South Coast would be constructed by international marina builders, Walcon Marine.

Adopted by Council in the early 1990s as its major focus to stimulate and diversify the regional economy and provide more tourism opportunities, the entire Shell Cove property development is the largest coastal tourism/residential development ever initiated by a local Government authority in Australia. The marina is cited as being one of the largest and most ambitious leisure boating developments in New South Wales in many years.

In partnership with Frasers Property Australia, (formerly Australand), the AU$1.5 billion development will create some 3,000 prime residences, a modern state-of-the-art 270 berth marina constructed within a sheltered boat harbour, an 18-hole championship golf course, community parks and playgrounds, cycle-ways, and a range of quality commercial, retail, tourist, community and recreational facilities.

The marina with its two excavated harbour basins, ocean breakwaters, harbour revetments and boardwalks, boat ramp, hard stand and piled floating pontoons providing berths for some 270 boats up to 30m in length totals a considerable AU$150 million investment.

The new 460m breakwater and 280m groyne being built into the Pacific Ocean are now nearing completion. These structures, which required some 400,000 tonnes of various sizes of quarried rock, will provide a sheltered channel into the new outer and inner harbour basins which have mostly been excavated in readiness for flooding.

Taking the advantage of the presently dry harbour floor, Walcon Marine will commence installing the majority of the marina piling into the dry seabed in September which will ensure that the works can be completed within a controlled environment. Piles will be steel tubular piles over which will be fitted HDPE sleeves. All piles and associated sleeves will be embedded into rock and fully protected from any possible acid sulphate soil contamination.

Using Walcon’s System 2000 heavy-duty pontoons incorporating pre-cast concrete decks, the new floating marina berths will be installed in stages with the first 115 berths to be operational by mid-2019.

All berths will be provided with modern power and water services through the installation of the Rolec brand Quantum service pedestals. Walcon Marine Australasia is the regional distributor for the UK based Rolec one of the world’s leading manufacturer of services to marinas and waterfront locations.

Walcon’s Australasian Director – Business, George Sofoulis said “The 143-berth marina Walcon Marine built for Frasers Property at its Port Coogee estate development in Western Australia achieved everyone’s objectives for a state-of-the-art marina facility and we will ensure the same outcome for Shellharbour Marina.”

Ian McAndrew, Walcon Marine’s Senior Group Consultant, has had a long involvement and is very familiar with the Shell Cove project. In his previous role as a consultant in the marina industry, McAndrew worked professionally in preparing the demand study for the project some 14 years ago and with the project’s then engineering consultants on marina design issues.

“I am really delighted after all these years to see Shellharbour Marina come into being” he said.

“We are also extremely proud that Walcon Marine has been selected to play this major role and we look forward to working with Shellharbour City Council, Frasers Property and the other Shellharbour Marina contractors and professionals in bringing this prestigious development into what I know will be successful operations in 2019” McAndrew added.