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A $16 million marina offering the Sunshine Coast’s very first dry-boat storage for up to 160 vessels and 126 wet berths has set sail at Pelican Waters.

The state-of-the-art marina boasts the only fully enclosed dry stack boat storage facility in the region and is the first on the Sunshine Coast in more than 30 years.

Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson celebrated the opening of Pelican Waters Marina with a tour of the fully serviced marine yard and boat-stacking facility.

“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,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The $16 million investment is a welcomed 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.”

Left to right: Les Binkin, Mayor Mark Jamieson and Hamish Pressland.

Economy Portfolio and Division 2 Councillor Terry Landsberg said it was exciting to see this full-service marina come to fruition after so many years in planning.

"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," Cr Landsberg said.

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

Pelican Waters Marina dry stack boat storage facility.

Pelican Waters Marina Director Les 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,” Mr Binkin said.

“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 Marina aerial view.
Pelican Waters Marina view from the front.

General Manager of Pelican Waters 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,’’ Mr Pressland 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 marina is currently offering an ‘early bird special’ of dry boat storage from $450 per month for a six-metre vessel, and marina berths from $750 per month for a 10-metre berth.

For marina enquiries go to www.pelicanwatersmarina.com.au

*Source National Economics (NIEIR) modelled by economy.ID.