Plan floats

Ma­rina pro­ject set to start in late 2016

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Ali­cia Perera

Plans for the long-dis­cussed Dampier ma­rina are very much afloat, with con­struc­tion on the pro­ject sched­uled to start as soon as at the end of this year.

Dampier’s Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club has been work­ing on de­signs for a 100-pen, non-cy­clone-proof fa­cil­ity in front of the har­bour since early 2014.

Club com­modore John Lally said now the fea­si­bil­ity sur­vey had been com­pleted, the pro­ject would en­ter a more prac­ti­cal phase this year, with a geotech­ni­cal in­ves­ti­ga­tion of the ocean floor and lease trans­fer ne­go­ti­a­tions to start soon.

“The next stage is to do geotech­ni­cal drilling on the bot­tom to see what’s down there for pile driv­ing and dredg­ing,” he said.

“We’ve had con­sul­tants work­ing on it now for a year. We’re a year on and get­ting close, so we ex­pect, if all goes well, to start the pro­ject at the end of this year.”

Mr Lally said once the geotech­ni­cal work had been done, the con­struc­tion process would take only about eight to 10 months.

He said a ma­rina would ac­ti­vate tourism in Dampier, which has the high­est per-capita boat own­er­ship rate in Aus­tralia.

“It’s not easy to op­er­ate a boat out of Dampier with the cur­rent ameni­ties be­cause there’s not the fa­cil­i­ties here to get pas­sen­gers on and off,” he said.

“It can get re­ally rough out there in the har­bour.”

“If you can come into an area where it’s calm, it will en­cour­age char­ter boat oper­a­tors.”

An­other step will be to trans­fer lease own­er­ship over the land from Rio Tinto to the City of Kar­ratha.

City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City would be­come in­volved with the ma­rina then and also de­velop the har­bour area in line with its Dampier Town­site and Fore­shore En­hance­ment Plan.

“We’re do­ing the board­walk and putting lots more sand on the beach and putting in trees and shades, so that whole area will be re­ally lovely,” he said.

Mr Lally said cy­clone-proof mari­nas cost many mil­lions of dol­lars more and “they don’t work”.

The planned ma­rina will use cy­clone hard­stands in­stead.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Hamp­ton Har­bour Boat and Sail­ing Club com­modore John Lally and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long at the end of a break­wa­ter in Hamp­ton Har­bour, over­look­ing the area where the planned Dampier ma­rina will go.

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