Inner city residential expansion and the desire to improve
current marine facilities, both environmentally and structurally,
led the Port of Townsville to embark on the concept of a new marine
The precinct, which was opened in 2011, features a marina at the
mouth of Townsville's Ross River and will consolidates a large
portion of the city’s marine industry into one central location. It
provides modern facilities to support boat building and maintenance
including berths for various vessels, refuelling facilities,
commercial and recreational businesses and cold storage and
distribution facilities for the seafood industry.
GHD was initially commissioned to provide an extensive
Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the precinct plan which
included a multi-use facility and required extensive investigation
of both offshore and onshore elements.
"Key considerations in our planning were individual proponents’
requirements for effective work spaces, impacts on coastal
processes, sediment transport down the river and within the bay,
vessel navigability and the sensitive environments surrounding the
port,” explains Brian Heggie, GHD’s Project Director.
"As part of this project, we delivered a range of services
including historical data reviews, construction and infrastructure
information, marine and terrestrial field investigation,
hydrodynamic and sediment transport investigations, public
consultation and project management services."
In 2010, GHD began to bring the concept to life through detailed
design and documentation works for Laing O’Rourke, who was
commissioned as a sub-alliance partner with the Port of Townsville
in the Townsville Marine Precinct Alliance. The project has evolved
into a development featuring six wharfs, 450 linear metres of
walling, the dredging of the harbour and reclamation and ground
improvement of 11.25 hectares, development of pavement, civil
works, drainage and site services and building concepts.
Brian continues, "The precinct has allowed Townsville businesses
that were previously operating further upstream to move into