McInnes Wilson Lawyers regularly provide advice to marina developers

Structuring developments, the ongoing operation of a marina once established, managing the sale and resale of berths as well as dealing with the local port authority and government departments are popular areas of assistance.


Our lawyers are experts in, and can assist you with:

  • Marina berth conveyancing
  • Seabed tenures
  • Seabed rentals
  • Leasing, easements and covenants
  • Liaising with government, port authorities and other stakeholders
  • Transition of 'nonstrategic port land' to and from administration by the port authority to administration under the Land Act 1994 (Qld)
  • Transport Infrastructure Act 1994 (Qld)
  • Land Act 1994 (Qld)


Examples of our proven experience include:

  • Management of all marina berth conveyancing matters for a large marina tenure.
  • Drafting and periodical review of standard berth sale documents including Contracts of Sale and Deeds of Assignment.
  • Drafting a legal documentation required for the operation of associated dry land facilities (e.g. 'Lifting and Hardstand Agreements' for shipyards).
  • Drafting Shareholder and Participation Agreements for developments.
  • Assisting a marina developer client with the transition of unregistered marina tenure administered by the Queensland Department of Environment and Resource Management including: liaising with government departments, liaising with port authority officers, liaising with stakeholders and advising the client on relevant statutory provisions.
  • Assisting and advising a developer client with negotiations and documentation relating to the development of dry land facilities associated with marinas.
  • Assisting with matters involving marina related insurance claims.
  • Resolution of commercial disputes including assisting a developer client to resolve a dispute with a stakeholder relating to the sharing of construction costs for shared infrastructure.
  • Drafting a licence permitting a party to extract sand from a marina basin and obtaining required approvals.