Re­vised push for ma­rina funds

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Per­era

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.

Picture: Ali­cia Per­era

John Lally and City of Kar­ratha Mayor Peter Long.

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