Marina to materialise with more funding
CONSTRUCTION of the long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina is expected to start in 2020 after the State Government tripled its election commitment to provide $40 million towards the project.
Premier Mark McGowan and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti joined Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at Ocean Reef Boat Harbour on Sunday morning to announce the government would commit $120 million over the life of the project.
This includes $35 million to be allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget.
This funding will enable planning requirements and environmental reviews to be finalised and allow for forward works to start.
Mr Pickard said the announcement was the culmination of more than 10 years of hard work from the City.
“The City has invested significant financial and human resources on the Ocean Reef Marina project, undertaking numerous studies, investigations, community consultation and the approvals required for its development,” he said.
Mr McGowan said the project was “a rare opportunity to transform existing facilities into a world-class tourism and recreational facility, providing a major boost to jobs in the northern suburbs”.
“It’s expected the new precinct will also have about 1000 new dwellings, ensuring the area will be full of activity once fully developed,” he said.
The State Government, through LandCorp, will lead the development and work with the City of Joondalup to deliver the project.
The Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group will also be involved to determine what relocation needs are required.