Rivergate Marina Proposes to Establish a Large Superyacht Refit Hub in Murarrie

Rivergate Marina

A proposal has been lodged to redevelop Rivergate Marina in Murarrie and establish a large superyacht refit hub to capitalise on the “superyacht building boom.”

The proposed redevelopment site is located at 7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie. Lodged by Rivergate Marina, the project will create the largest superyacht refit facility in the Asia-Pacific 

Photo credit: Brisbane City Council / pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au

The new industry hub for Australia will service international and domestic superyachts, commercial vessels, micro cruise ships and defence (arafura-class offshore patrol boats). 

Under the proposal, the Rivergate shipyard and marina, spanning 8.4-hectare, would be refurbished to include three single-storey large sheds, with a maximum building height of 35m, that will accommodate the superyachts while being repaired or refitted.

Aerial view of the Rivergate Marina (looking northeast)
Photo credit: Brisbane City Council / pdonline.brisbane.qld.gov.au

To facilitate the redevelopment of the eastern portion of the site, the existing marina office will be replaced, the car park and several of the mooring berths will be relocated. 

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Once completed, the hub can accommodate between 8 to 12 vessels, including superyachts of up to 90m in length. It will also house 3 large superyacht refit and boat building sheds as well as 3 new in-water Superyacht berths

The proposal also involves the establishment of a five-storey trade centre that will contain a cafe, marine offices, gym, swimming pool, cinema, library and meeting rooms, training rooms, and crew accommodation.The application also proposes a total of 126 car parking spaces across the site.

To be completed in several stages, the  proposal will have code assessable application for its shed and a $35 million ship lift platform in the Brisbane River, and a separate impact assessable application for the additional offices. 

“The proposed development will be a catalyst for employment and economic benefit for Brisbane with 433 jobs being created and $154.6 million economic benefit locally during construction, and 1,457 jobs and $459.4 million output being created during the operational phase. Further to this, up to $525 million annually and 520 jobs will be created in tourism that will mostly be felt in the regional areas of Cairns and the Whitsundays,” the planners at URBIS said.