Attention turns to next Westhaven Plan project
With an ever increasing wait list of people wishing to enter Westhaven Marina, it is time to consider developing an underutilised section of the Marina, to the East of A Pier.
The redevelopment of the pile mooring sections of Westhaven Marina was first proposed in the draft of the Westhaven Plan document in 2012. When the Westhaven community expressed concern over its impact on entry-level and affordable boating, plans were refined and re-presented.
Now, the proposed project nominates one section of the existing pile berths to be converted into modern marina pontoons, with a new reclamation area for carparking and open space. About 50% of the water space is proposed to be retained as pile moorings, which with some reconfiguration will enable sufficient room for all existing pile berth customers to stay until at least 2026, preserving part of Westhaven as an affordable home for boaties.
The proposed new reclamation has three benefits: it provides carparking space for the new customers entering this section of the marina. It also closes off the Western entrance to the Marina, which studies have shown will provide a significant improvement on water quality, by forcing greater movement of water out through the main entrance, and reduces a tide and surge issue in the immediate area. Finally, with dredging required on an ongoing basis, including within marina berths themselves in the near future, it is a way to sustainably reuse the dredgings as a useful material used in the construction of reclamations, called ‘mudcrete’.
This map shows the proposed Pile Mooring and Pontoon development in the area. New pontoon berths will cater for catamarans, and over 100 boats from 16m - 32m in size. Pile berths will house boats from 12 to 20m in length, who will continue enjoying the safety of a marina environment, without the costs associated with services such as water, power, and pontoons.
The process of consultation is underway, and further details will be firmed up as time goes on.