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Australia’s number one refit and construction manager appointed as Rivergate opens for business
Media Statement
Sarah Hellewell
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Australia’s leading yacht refit and construction manager, Mr Peter Ryan has been appointed Operations Manager of Queensland’s first and only fully integrated marina shipyard destination, the $150 million Rivergate project.

The appointment coincides with the opening for business of Rivergate’s 104-berth marina; the 75 tonne travel lift and hardstand.

Rivergate Director Mr Stephen Gosling said that the selection of Peter Ryan was a coup for the start-up marina coming hard on the heels of the employment of experienced Sydney marine industry executive, Matthew Bate as General Manager.

“Peter is a household name in the Australian yachting industry and recognised worldwide for his knowledge and expertise.

“Some of Australia’s leading motor yachts such as the 140ft Slipstream, the 104ft Crystal Lady and the 98ft Midnight have relied heavily on his outstanding competence.

“To have a manager with such enormous capacities on board from day one means that Rivergate will be up to speed from the word go.

“Yacht owners can have absolute confidence that Rivergate’s refit facilities and services will be immediately without peer in the southern hemisphere.

“Peter has been involved in the construction of over 30 custom built yachts with David Warren of Warren Yachts.

“He started out as a qualified shipwright in 1986 and gradually moved up through the ranks with Warren Yachts to become its Refit and Construction Manager.

“In building and refitting some of the world’s finest vessels, he has gained a world class skill base and is renowned for his acute attention to detail.

“He is particularly experienced in project management and in ensuring the smooth running of hardstands and in particular, boat haul-outs.

“Most of all, Peter brings a genuine passion for boats and the industry as a whole to the task of bringing Rivergate up to the mark from opening day,” he said.

Mr Gosling said that Rivergate’s 75 tonne travel lift was now operational along with its 12,000 sq m hardstand, and will be complemented by the arrival of the additional 300 tonne travel lift in September this year.

“The Refit Complex, which includes 23 separate tenancies, will open for business in April this year,” he said.

Rivergate is rapidly transforming the Brisbane Riverbank at Murarrie, adjacent to the Gateway Bridge.

It will enable Brisbane to finally take its place on the international super yacht stage as the gateway to the “marine wonders” of Queensland and the Great Barrier Reef.

It will generate millions in local economic activity annually; drive the growth of ancillary marine industries in Brisbane; and provide a fresh and exciting new local destination for “boaties”.

The project has further announced the inclusion of the “river city’s” newest experience - a cosmopolitan boardwalk destination on the riverfront at Rivergate.

The 200 metre plus “James Holt Ferry Walk” is set to become a mecca for local and visiting “boaties” with plans for riverside restaurants, cafés, and a hotel and tavern all part of Rivergate’s unique master plan.

The world-class marina and shipyard facility will ultimately comprise:

  • deep water marina berths for 12 metre yachts through to 60 metre international super yachts;
  • hardstand and strata-titled refit complex;
  • service berths for yachts up to 70 metres;
  • high speed refuelling and pump out facilities;
  • Queensland’s largest dry boat storage;
  • yacht sales showrooms and repairers and much more.

Matthew Bate was most recently the general manager of the Careel Bay Marina at Avalon Beach.

He formerly oversaw the Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club at Newport as operations manager; and the d’Albora Marina at Akuna Bay as Marina and “rack and stack” manager.

While with the Royal Prince Alfred, Matthew was responsible for the redevelopment of the club’s 365 berth floating marina and related developments.

Matthew gained his “Certified Marina Manager” qualifications in 1999 from the International Marina Institute in Florida in the USA – one of only 9 awarded to an Australian.

He also holds a graduate certificate in Management Communication from the NSW Institute of Technology and has lectured on marine design and workplace safety on behalf of the Marina Association of Australia.

Rivergate is being constructed on 15.24-hectare site purchased from the State Government in June 2004.

Rivergate is located adjacent to the Gateway Bridge at the Rivergate Marine and Industry Park, 15 minutes from the CBD, 10 minutes from Brisbane Airport and six nautical miles from Moreton Bay.

Murarrie Developments Pty Ltd, a company associated with Adco Constructions Directors Mr Bob Hill and Ms Judy Brinsmead and Central Properties Corporations’ Mr Stephen Gosling, is undertaking Rivergate.


Rivergate Marina & Shipyard, Rivergate Place, Murarrie, Queensland 4172, Australia spacerspacerT +61 (0) 7 3907 1600 spacerspacerF +61 (0) 7 39071666 spacerspacerLatitude 27°26.67'S spacerspacerLongitude 153°06.30'E
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