Ma­rina to ma­te­ri­alise with more fund­ing

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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.

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