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$200 Million Superyacht Facility, Marina and Shipyard Approved

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A development application has been approved by Brisbane City Council after a lengthy assessment, since the proposal was lodged by Rivergate to establish a new Superyacht Refit Centre and expand the existing Rivergate Marina and Shipyard, located at 7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie.

Tom Hill director of Rivergate Marina has spent his life growing up around the construction industry and marine industry and provided the insight and vision for the 8.4ha maritime expansion. The project had been in the pipeline for 4 years, with the marina playing a pivot role in attracting superyachts to Brisbane since 2006 and further expected for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Rivergate Director Tom Hill welcomed the development approval, which he said recognised the project’s potential to support a range of industries within Queensland and bolster Australia’s sovereign capability amid increasing global security tensions.

“This approval means our expansion is now shovel ready and just waiting on government funding support to get under way”.

Mr Hill said the project represented a step change for the maritime industry that would make it possible for an estimated 60 additional superyachts to visit Australian waters each year.

“Brisbane is already an ideal location for servicing and repairing superyachts, several classes of Defence vessels and other commercial shipping,” he said.

“This expansion would provide owners and captains of large recreational vessels with the assurance that world-class facilities are available for both routine and unplanned maintenance works while they are cruising in our region.

 “It will also fill a much-needed gap in Defence and commercial vessel maintenance on Australia’s east coast, eliminating the current necessity for some vessel classes to be serviced elsewhere in Australia such as Perth or Adelaide due to a lack of lifting capacity”, Mr Hill said.

Outdoor space for recreational and socialising while at Rivergate.

On completion, the expansion would generate an estimated 2,000 new jobs for marine and tourism sectors, inject close to $1 billion into the Queensland economy each year, and ensure the region’s maritime industry is ready for the 2032 Olympic Games.

Rivergate Director Tom Hill welcomed the development approval, which he said recognised the project’s potential to support a range of industries within Queensland and bolster Australia’s sovereign capability amid increasing global security tensions.

“This approval means our expansion is now shovel ready and just waiting on government funding support to get under way,” Mr Hill said.

The Captains’ lounge and library for owners and crew

Mr Hill said the project represented a step change for the maritime industry that would make it possible for an estimated 60 additional superyachts to visit Australian waters each year.

“Brisbane is already an ideal location for servicing and repairing superyachts, several classes of Defence vessels and other commercial shipping,” he said.

“This expansion would provide owners and captains of large recreational vessels with the assurance that world-class facilities are available for both routine and unplanned maintenance works while they are cruising in our region.

 “It will also fill a much-needed gap in Defence and commercial vessel maintenance on Australia’s east coast, eliminating the current necessity for some vessel classes to be serviced elsewhere in Australia such as Perth or Adelaide due to a lack of lifting capacity”, Mr Hill said.

Existing Ship Refit Shed

Designed by Group 4 Architects, the proposal seeks to install a $35 Million ship lift rig platform in the Brisbane River with mobile transporter and $57 million in supporting and associated infrastructure for the facility over 2 development stages.

The proposed marine industry includes a range of development uses (dredging, boat maintenance, office, café and short term accommodation for staff) for the new superyacht facility to operate in and out of the water.

The proposal seeks a five storey building (20.95m maximum building height) to accommodate a café and marine offices on the ground floor, with two levels of project offices, two levels of accommodation and a communal area (including gym, swimming pool, cinema, library and meeting rooms) above.

The proposed three single storey superyacht sheds (35m maximum building height) together form one building.



The proposal seeks the creation of a new industry hub for Australia, servicing international and domestic superyachts, commercial vessels, micro cruise ships and defence (arafura-class offshore patrol boats).

The proposal will redevelop the eastern portion of the site, replacing the existing marina office, relocating the car park and removing several mooring berths to facilitate the expansion of the superyacht facility.

The proposed trade centre building will be positioned along the ferry walk in proximity to the demolished office fronting the Brisbane River.

The three (3) large superyacht refit and boat building sheds are positioned fronting Rivergate Place allowing for internal manoeuvring around the site to access the new ship lift within the Brisbane Rover and on site storage.

5-storey purpose-built Trade Centre for Excellence

Development Details
– New state-of-the-art lift for vessels between 50m and 90m, weighing up to 3,000 tonnes
– Capacity for 8 to 12 superyachts
– Defence capability including the new Arafura-Class Offshore patrol boats
– 3 large superyacht refit and boat building sheds
– 3 new in-water Superyacht berths
– Crew facilities and new food and beverage services
– Training facilities
– Business lounge, trade workshops and offices.

Stages of Development
– Stage 1: River ship lift platform, land-based hardstand area (no sheds), temporary parking area
– Stage 2: Ship refit sheds, additional parking area of the drainage channel.

Approved Layout



126 car parking spaces are proposed across the site with the access locations retained from Queensport Road North and a new access from Paringa Road.

The proposal is 3,918sqm of GFA (Sheds 1 – 3 varying in size from 900sqm, 12,96sqm and 1,722qm), with 23,868sqm (28.5%) site cover over the 83,634sqm subject site.

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The Application Information and References
– Date Lodged: 14 October 2020
– Date Approved: 13 April 2020
– Council Reference: A005569424 
– Media Announcement: Rivergate
– Address: 7 Rivergate Place, Murarrie
– Zone: Industry (General Industry C)
– Neighbourhood: Hemmant – Lytton
– Application Report: Urbis
– Design Drawings: Group 4 Architects
– Landscape Drawings: Citicene
– Interactive Image: Google Streetview and Aerial

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