Boat harbour prepares for construction
■ 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.