Prominent Sydney marina industry executive, Mr Matthew Bate, has been appointed the inaugural general manager of the $150 million Rivergate Marina & Shipyard.
Rivergate is Queensland’s first and only fully integrated marina & shipyard destination - taking shape on the Brisbane River adjacent to the Gateway Bridge.
Its 104 deep-water access marina berths opened for business this month.
Mr 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.
Mr Bate said that the opportunity to “defect” to Queensland’s newest and best facility was too exciting to pass up.
“Rivergate is set to become a genuine international destination and I definitely wanted to become involved from day one in such an appealing venture.
“With this facility, Brisbane can now become Australia’s yachting hub.
“The hi-tech facilities and services at Rivergate will lead the nation and cement the city’s future as the boating capital of Australia and the gateway to the state’s marine wonders.
“Queensland will overtake NSW this year in terms of boat registrations and already leads in boat ownership per capita.
“This means that the demand for more and better facilities and services will continue to grow.
“With Rivergate, we’ll help address the industry’s needs and generate a template for its further expansion.
“From creating a local destination for boaties with cafes and restaurants on a new riverside boardwalk; to providing the very best in re-fuelling, refit and repair services for yachts up to super-size, Rivergate will have it all,” he said.
Director, Mr Stephen Gosling said that Matthew’s vast experience in marina management and re-development projects had provided him with the skills and knowledge base required for managing a world-class facility such as Rivergate.
The 104 berths at Rivergate range in size from 10 metres to 60 metres.
The marina berths are now ready for use along with the 75 tonne travel lift and hardstand. The Refit Complex will open for business in April.
Rivergate 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.
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.