Marina arm wres­tle starts

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

THE State Op­po­si­tion at­tempted on Sun­day to steal the march on the de­vel­op­ment of the Ocean Reef Marina, pledg­ing $40 mil­lion to the project.

La­bor leader Mark Mc­Gowan said if he won power on March 11, the $40 mil­lion would be spent over four years to drive the project he claimed had been ne­glected by the State Gov­ern­ment since pro­posed un­der La­bor in 2004.

He said the en­vi­ron­men­tal process had only just started.

He said the marina would pro­vide about 600 boat pens and ad­di­tional boat stack­ers and associated trailer park­ing to ad­dress de­mand for boat­ing in­fras­truc­ture in the north­ern sub­urbs.

A range of hous­ing op­tions would be de­vel­oped as part of the project.

“We have a unique op­por­tu­nity here in Ocean Reef to de­velop a world-class tourism and recre­ational fa­cil­ity that max­imises our nat­u­ral An artist’s im­pres­sion of a de­vel­oped Ocean Reef Marina.

en­vi­ron­ment,” Mr Mc­Gowan said.

Joon­dalup MLA Jan Nor­berger, whose Gov­ern­ment an­nounced in Septem­ber that LandCorp was pre­par­ing a business case for the marina, crit­i­cised La­bor’s marina prom­ise.

“A pledge of $40 mil­lion is a woe­ful

un­der-in­vest­ment for a project of this size,” he said.

“What ex­actly is Mc­Gowan hop­ing to achieve with it – build half a jetty or half a sea wall?

“This does lit­tle to al­lay the un­der­stand­able cyn­i­cism around this iconic project.”

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