Marina arm wrestle starts
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.”