Boat har­bour pre­pares for con­struc­tion

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

■ Ex­mouth’s boat har­bour upgrade en­ters the se­cond stage this month with site prepa­ra­tions for con­struc­tion of new fa­cil­i­ties to be un­der­taken.

The con­tract for early on-site civil works, in­clud­ing the in­stal­la­tion and re­lo­ca­tion of ser­vices, has been awarded to WBHO In­fra­struc­ture.

North West Cen­tral MLA Vince Cata­nia said the ma­jor­ity of plan­ning and de­sign works were com­plete and on-site works for the $18.275 mil­lion upgrade could be­gin. “Once com­pleted, Ex­mouth Boat Har­bour will be bet­ter equipped to meet grow­ing de­mand from both recre­ational and com­mer­cial users in the re­gion,” he said.

The upgrade in­cludes an ex­ten­sion to the ser­vice wharf, con­struc­tion of a heavy-lift fa­cil­ity and as­so­ci­ated land­side wharf in­fra­struc­ture. The new fa­cili- ties would al­low Ex­mouth and the Gas­coyne re­gion in­creased ca­pac­ity as a ser­vice and sup­port cen­tre for the oil and gas sec­tor.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said the upgrade would en­cour­age new busi­ness, em­ploy­ment and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the re­gion, with up to 72 jobs be­ing pro­vided over the con­struc­tion pe­riod.

Ma­jor con­struc­tion works are ex­pected to be­gin in the se­cond quar­ter of 2016.

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