Revised push for marina funds
Proponents of the Dampier Marina are pushing ahead with plans for the project, though in an altered format, despite the Regional Development Minister last month saying it was unlikely the Government would bridge the funding gap.
Speaking at a Karratha public forum in April, Alannah MacTiernan said, with the State Government’s limited budget, there was “no way” within the next few years it could fund the marina or other new infrastructure projects not committed to during the election
However, Hampton Harbour Boat and Sailing Club commodore John Lally said the club was re-evaluating plans for the marina and preparing to present it as a business case for tourism and jobs.
The club is seeking about $5 million in Government funding to construct the $18 million marina, which would be a 100-pen, non-cyclone-proof facility. The project is also awaiting a geotechnical investigation of the ocean floor and a transfer of lease from Rio Tinto to the City of Karratha.
John Lally and City of Karratha Mayor Peter Long.