Marina's reputation firmly anchored to a gold standard

GOLD ANCHOR: Business operations manager Andrew Davis and marina superintendant Darren Marshall accepted the citation from executive officer of the Marina Industries Association, Colin Bransgrove (centre).
GOLD ANCHOR: Business operations manager Andrew Davis and marina superintendant Darren Marshall accepted the citation from executive officer of the Marina Industries Association, Colin Bransgrove (centre). Ebony Battersby

IT'S official: Gladstone's marina is the envy of all others in Queensland.

The Marine Industries Associations awarded Gladstone Marina a Gold Anchor rating on Tuesday, the first in the state to be bestowed the honour.

Executive officer of the Marina Industries Association Colin Bransgrove officially presented the certification to Gladstone Ports Corporation, saying the rating was indicative of the premium facilities offered.

"Gladstone has a wonderful asset in its marina," he said.

"It's a special moment and a great achievement to award a Gold Anchor, and with a fantastic restaurant, parkland settings and wonderful services available here, it's hard to overlook."

Gladstone Marina is enjoyed by tourists, berthers and locals alike as a recreational hub, with modern facilities.

Business operations manager Andrew Davis said the 3½ anchor rating would provide Gladstone Ports Corporation with a customer service benchmark for the ongoing development of the marina.

"Our parklands are a recognised feature of our marina and are rated very highly. However, they are only one component of the overall rating," he said.

"GPC is committed to continually improving the facilities and services at Gladstone Marina. We are working towards achieving a Gold Anchor rating of 4 to 4½ by 2016."

The Gold Anchor program, launched in 2009, ranks participating marinas from three to five Gold Anchors, derived from feedback of the community and those who use the facilities.



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