The Northern Territory Government has awarded a $63 million design and build contract for works to upgrade facilities at the Mandorah Marine.
The contract for the works has been awarded to Australian owned marine infrastructure specialist SMC Marine. Over 110 local jobs will be created through stage one of this project alone.
The contract will deliver high-quality marine facilities at Mandorah, upgrading connectivity and community infrastructure in one of the Territory’s most important regions. The project will include two new break water structures, enhanced disability access, a redesigned and upgraded carpark, a new terminal building and a new boat ramp, providing a calmer, and safer ferry berthing facility.
This project forms part of the Northern Territory Government’s pipeline of over $500 million worth of marine infrastructure works across the next two years.
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Early preparation works on the site and underway, with the project team preparing to recycle the existing building to be used as a ferry terminal has been completed, with six local Indigenous sole-traders contracted through the Belyuen Community Government Council working on the project.
Minister for Territory Development, Eva Lawler said that after winning the tender, SMC Marine are expanding their operations and opening an office in the Northern Territory.
“The existing Mandorah Jetty will be maintained to provide continued ferry services to residents and visitors while the project is underway,” Lawler said.
“The successful SMC Marine tender includes an alternative concept design of the facilities that is expected to minimise the environmental footprint, improve the ferry accessibility and provide weather protection.”
SMC Marine is a 23-year-old, 100 per cent Australian owned business that creates, designs and builds public marine places, and infrastructure.
The detailed design for the project is expected to be completed by Q2 2024 and construction to begin shortly after.