Gov­ern­ment un­able to chip in with fund­ing for ma­rina

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

The State Gov­ern­ment has poured cold wa­ter on bridg­ing the fund­ing gap for the pro­posed Dampier Ma­rina.

Speak­ing at a public fo­rum in Kar­ratha late last month, Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan said the Gov­ern­ment could not sugar-coat the fact some pop­u­lar projects could not be funded.

“I un­der­stand from the busi­ness model there is a $6 mil­lion short­fall on the Dampier Ma­rina,” she said.

“There is no way we can em­brace new in­fra­struc­ture projects this year that we did not com­mit to at the elec­tion.

“It is a great project but I would be ab­so­lutely de­ceiv­ing you if I were to hold up any hope that in the next cou­ple of years we could do that.”

The ma­rina de­vel­op­ment has been touted as a boon for recre­ational and com­mer­cial in­dus­try.

In Jan­uary, City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long said the City would be­gin de­sign­ing the ma­rina this year.

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