Com­mu­nity shows sup­port for ma­rina

Pilbara News - - News - Court­ney Fowler

■ A 100-pen, non-cy­clone-proof ma­rina for Dampier is another step closer to re­al­ity af­ter the Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club com­pleted an online fea­si­bil­ity sur­vey which in­di­cated strong com­mu­nity sup­port for the pro­ject.

The new busi­ness case pro­poses that the ma­rina be built in front of the HHBSC to cater for small com­mer­cial and recre­ational ves­sels.

Com­modore John Lally said although the club’s plan was only in the fea­si­bil­ity stages, he felt con­fi­dent de­vel­op­ment would go ahead by mid-2016.

“The sur­vey showed 133 peo­ple were in­ter­ested in leas­ing pens,” he said.

“There was also strong com­mu­nity feed­back say­ing the ma­rina would im­prove fa­cil­i­ties in the com­mu­nity, pro­mote tourism op­por­tu­ni­ties and in­crease the eco­nomic growth of Dampier. “We have now en­gaged a marine engi­neer to take the con­cept de­sign to a more de­tailed de­sign of the ma­rina and its sea­walls and a coastal engi­neer is on board to look at all the en­vi­ron­men­tal con­sid­er­a­tions, in­clud­ing tidal and cur­rent flows.”

Mr Lally said ne­go­ti­a­tions were tak­ing place be­tween HHBSC, Rio Tinto and the City of Kar­ratha to hand over ex­ist­ing leases to the City.

“This will in­clude the ex­ten­sion of the Kaiser Ma­rina Cy­clone Hard­stand to ac­com­mo­date 100 ves­sels from the pro­posed ma­rina,” he said.

The Pil­bara News un­der­stands a sub-lease agree­ment be­tween Rio Tinto and the City of Kar­ratha will be the fastest op­tion to ac­quire the land needed to be­gin de­vel­op­ment.

A Rio Tinto spokes­woman said it was too early to pro­vide any de­tails re­gard­ing spe­cific pro­pos­als or tim­ing of the pro­ject. She said the fea­si­bil­ity study would iden­tify any chal­lenges and the process re­quired to move for­ward.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said un­der the op­tion of a sub­lease, the City would still as­sume re­spon­si­bil­ity for the ma­rina area.

“The City’s fo­cus is on help­ing get a ma­rina fa­cil­ity at Dampier, which would be great for the com­mu­nity, marine ser­vices and tourism,” he said.

“The City will con­tinue to dis­cuss with Rio Tinto the terms of such a sub­lease and the longert­erm op­tion of a City re­serve over the rel­e­vant por­tion of fore­shore, and po­ten­tially seabed.”

Mr Lally said he was con­fi­dent ten­ure ne­go­ti­a­tions, the de­tailed de­sign and fund­ing model for the pro­ject would be com­pleted by the first quar­ter of 2016.

He es­ti­mated the ma­rina pro­ject would cost be­tween $11 mil­lion and $12 mil­lion.

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