October 27, 2014

ALL roads led to Jennifer Hawkins at an open day for the $388 million Trinity Point marina development in Morisset on Sunday.

On a day supposed to be about introducing the public to what’s been labelled the Circular Quay of Lake Macquarie, it was the former Miss Universe turned businesswoman and “brand ambassador” who attracted most of the attention when the Jennifer Hawkins Boulevard was unveiled.

Featuring a 188-berth marina , 250 apartments, a 60-room hotel, restaurant, boardwalk, function centre and shops; if and when it gets up, the boulevard will be the road that brings it all together.

The impressively scaled project – for which the development application was lodged with Lake Macquarie council last week – has been described by its backers as an ‘‘ inspired coastal marina’ ’ and, despite the attention lavished on Ms Hawkins, developer Keith Johnson said the open day was about ‘‘ letting the community see what’s happening, what the plans are’’ .

‘‘ I want them to see firsthand ,’’ he said. ‘‘ It is a special place and a special location – close enough to Sydney to be convenient, far enough away to be in a different world.’’

Commenting on the Morisset Park and District Action Group, which opposes the development, Mr Johnson was philosophical.

‘‘ There will always be people who have a different opinion [but] I just hope they have all the right information before they make a decision [on the development],’’ he said.

The action group’s vicepresident , Ann Riding, wasn’t in attendance.

The group views Trinity Point as an over-development of the area, and Ms Riding believes the area lacks the existing transport infrastructure to deal with the plan.

‘‘ It seems all the people proposed to come to this thing are going to drop out of the sky,’’ she said.

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