June 22, 2015

IT’S all systems go for the Jen Hawkins-backed Trinity Point project with the announcement of its marina approval.

The multimillion-dollar Lake Macquarie marina has been given the green light by the Hunter and Central Coast Joint Regional Planning Panel.

The Former Miss Universe turned TV presenter and property mogul lent her name to the project when it launched in October last year.

The Australia’s Next Top Model host said at the time her involvement as Trinity Point ambassador was a passion project. “I grew up in Newcastle, near Lake Macquarie. We had a lake house on the water so we spent a lot of time there,” she said.

This $8 million step is the first stage of the $388 million Trinity Point Marina. The approval means the marina’s first 94 berths, along with a building, carpark and landscaping, can now be built.

Keith Johnson, founder of Johnson Property Group, described the approval as “fantastic”. Johnson’s grand marina plan has been in the pipeline since initial discussions with Lake Macquarie City Council back in 1999.

“Council made it clear that they wanted a true tourist destination and an employment hub, not just a new residential estate at the site, and after five years of heavy discussions we made the decision to build the marina and the dream of Trinity Point was born,” Mr Johnson said.

The next phase of Trinity Point will see 250 tourist and residential apartments, a luxury hotel, restaurant, function centre, day spa and infinity pool built at the site.

Once complete, Trinity Point will have a 188-berth marina, with the aim of creating one of the most environmentally friendly facilities in Australia, with a foreshore boardwalk along the lake.

“It’s all go from here,” Mr Johnson said.

Work on the marina will begin later this year.


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