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.

DEVELOPMENT PROGRESS OVERVIEW

The below information is valid as of March 2019.

 Careening Poles

The Club’s careening poles are facing water-related degradation and the Management Committee is working to replace the lower horizontal metal pole and the wooden vertical pillars on both structures, one at a time to allow careening to continue throughout.

 PROJECT CATEGORISATION – SHORT TERM

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 present at the SGM did not wish to proceed with the wall extending 3m out into the basin.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – STALLED, TO BE REVISITED

Side Bar Garden Shade Structure

The Management Committee is exploring the installation of a shed structure over the side bar area so that it can be practicably used all year round.  Installation of a shade cloth has not been supported by Engineers, so the Club is aiming to install part of the decommissioned shed structure it owns in this area. $10,000 has already been raised through fundraising for this project.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – SHORT TERM

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.  The walkway bridge is in need of rust R&M and volunteers (pontoon users) are being sought to complete the project.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – NEARLY COMPLETED

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 need to be engaged to fill the eroded sections and seepage gaps forthwith.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – MEDIUM TERM

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.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – LONG TERM

 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.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION (PLANNING) –  SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM

PROJECT CATEGORISATION (DEVELOPMENT) – LONG TERM

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 will also apply for funding for cyclone coded storage containers behind 20 of the hard stand sites in the boat park  in August 2019.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – SHORT TO MEDIUM TERM

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.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – COMPLETED

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 has installed a new compliant playground, thanks to funding from the NT Government’s Community Benefit Fund.

PROJECT CATEGORISATION – COMPLETED