Con­tract to ex­tend Exmouth har­bour

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The $8.3 mil­lion con­tract for the big­gest com­po­nent of the Exmouth Boat Har­bour up­grade has been awarded by the State Gov­ern­ment.

Wan­gara-based Ertech have been awarded the con­tract to build the 88m ex­ten­sion to the wharf, hard­stand ex­ten­sion, four new trawler pens and to raise the south­ern break­wa­ter.

Trans­port Min­is­ter Dean Nalder said work would start on marine struc­tures and civil works next month.

“About 7600 cu­bic me­tres of lo­cally sourced rock will be used to in­crease the height of the break­wa­ter to pro­tect the trawler pens, while about 140 tonnes of steel will be used to ex­tend the wharf to pro­vide a new heavy-lift zone and hard­stand, sig­nif­i­cantly in­creas­ing the ca­pac­ity of the fa­cil­ity,” he said.

Mr Nalder said the project was on track for com­ple­tion by mid-2017.

Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Terry Red­man said these works were the most im­por­tant stage of the project.

“As the largest har­bour south of the Pil­bara, Exmouth is strate­gi­cally well placed and this up­grade re­in­forces the fa­cil­ity as an im­por­tant mar­itime hub in the State's north,” he said.

“The Exmouth Boat Har­bour will bet­ter ac­com­mo­date and ser­vice the rapidly grow­ing sup­ply ves­sel traf­fic, sup­port­ing the re­sources in­dus­try, as well as the grow­ing tourist and recre­ational ves­sel traf­fic for the ben­e­fit of both cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions.”

The up­graded break­wa­ter and wharf ex­ten­sion are ex­pected to have a 50-year life.

Pic­ture: Tom Zaun­mayr

Exmouth Boat Har­bour will be up­graded.

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