The DBCYA Management Committee is currently investigating options and costs for strategic maintenance and/or development of the following club facilities to protect infrastructure, develop the club and provide improved services for all club members.


The below information is valid as of 10 October 2018.

 Careening Poles

Thanks to funding received through the NT Government’s Immediate Works Gran in 2016, power and water facilities have now been installed at each careening pole. Each hollow metal careening pole has now been reinforced internally with concrete.
Repairs have been made to ‘pole #5’ against the wharf: the rotting wooden pillars have been replaced with polypipe extended to the edge of the wharf to avoid vessels getting caught under the lip as the tide rises.

Concreting of the pontoon basin – a Development Permit is required for these works. Funding may be sought through future grant opportunities, although the Club will have to wear the cost of the DP.


Careening Pole Basin / Bar Lawn Wall Repairs

DBCYA obtained a Development Permit in May 2017 to extend the bar lawn wall approx 3 metres out into the channel (and level the existing lawn). This extension will create more functional and usable ‘real estate’ for the Club, as the area to be filled is currently under-utilised. An extended bar garden will provide more patronage and income to the club. This project is in limbo as the majority of members did not wish to proceed with the project out to 3m in 2017. To be revisited.

Wharf Repairs

Internal erosion is occurring in small sections of the wharf through gaps between some concrete blocks part way up the wharf wall.  The eroded space needs filling with concrete and the outer gaps need filling also to prevent further seepage.  Exploratory drilling has taken place to ascertain the severity of the seepage, which has revealed less erosion than first anticipated. The seepage gaps in the vertical wall have been filled. Contractors are to be engaged to fill the eroded sections and seepage gaps forthwith. A Committee Member is also exploring the opportunity to create fill along the outside of the wall under the overhang to extend the wall out, effectively eliminating the top overhang and providing a straight vertical wall.


Side Bar Garden Improvements

The old bar garden area has had a make over with new coloured and patterned concrete and new furniture, thanks to the Immediate Stimulus Grant in 2016. A shade cloth to cover the entire area is now required – $10,000 has been raised and DBCYA awaits the result of a grant application for additional funding to support the project.

Pontoon Development

In January 2018 thanks to $30,000 funding from the Northern Territory Government, the pontoon had a water-blast down to the waterline, some holes fixed and new non-slip paint applied along with a range of other safety upgrades including additional ladders and supports.  A new wooden bench was fashioned by Rex Maxwell, who made the original bench back in 1994.

Dredging of the Channel

An estimate to dredge and remove the entire area of silt has been obtained at a cost to the Club of over $100,000. It is acknowledged that dredging the channel would enable members who access the club by tender to be less dependent on tidal movements for access.


 Procurement of the Far Eastern Boundary Land

The Management Committee continues to liaise with our Government Communications Consultant (Northern Planning Consultants) with aim to secure this additional land under DBCYA’s land title. The Club is in the process of applying for a short term lease, which, if and when procured, will allow DBCYA to apply for a Development Permit to secure a Crown Lease, to be merged with our existing Lot 6475.  We have been advised that we no longer need to present with a complete development plan for the land prior to consideration – they acknowledge the previous reclamation works done by the club, and we should be only required to finish off development/stabilisation of the sea wall to their satisfaction to obtain a perpetual lease on the land and channel waterway.



Storage Facilities for Senior Members

User pays on-site storage facilities would be useful for many senior members.  Converted shipping containers have been approved by committee and await construction.

DBCYA has also applied for funding for cyclone coded storage containers behind 20 of the hard stand sites in the boat park


Replacement of all the individual electricity meters in the Boat Park

Al the deteriorating plastic boxes have now been replaced with metal units which will significantly reduce R&M costs in this area.

Children’s Playground

A review of the playground in September 2018 found it to be non-compliant in several areas.  The equipment has been removed and DBCYA is awaiting outcome of a grant application to install a new compliant playground.