Project long over­due, says Mayor

Wanneroo Weekender - - News -

JOON­DALUP Mayor Troy Pickard says the City wel­comes the elec­tion com­mit­ment by the La­bor Party to spend $40 mil­lion on the long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina project.

“It is not only great news for our lo­cal com­mu­nity and res­i­dents who have over­whelm­ingly backed this project over a num­ber of years, it’s great news for the State,” he said.

“The marina project is an ex­cit­ing and vi­sion­ary project that will de­liver our City with a world class recre­ational, res­i­den­tial, boat­ing and tourism marina de­vel­op­ment, pro­vid­ing a ma­jor boost to tourism and cre­at­ing thou­sands of jobs in the north­ern sub­urbs over the life of the de­vel­op­ment.

“The pop­u­la­tion of the north­ern cor­ri­dor is ex­pected to grow sig­nif­i­cantly in the next decade and the marina rep­re­sents a rare op­por­tu­nity for pub­licly-owned coastal land to be de­vel­oped to pro­vide a world-class and iconic fa­cil­ity that en­com­passes high lev­els of en­vi­ron­men­tal, eco­nomic and so­cial sus­tain­abil­ity.

“The City of Joon­dalup has been cus­to­dian of the Ocean Reef Marina project for a num­ber of years and has in­vested sig­nif­i­cant re­sources in de­vel­op­ing the marina con­cept plan and stud­ies, in­ves­ti­ga­tions and re­views re­quired for de­vel­op­ment.

“How­ever, we have al­ways been quite clear that our role was to pre­pare a struc­ture plan, ob­tain en­vi­ron­men­tal and plan­ning ap­provals and, in as­so­ci­a­tion with the State Gov­ern­ment, de­ter­mine how the project can best be pro­gressed to con­struc­tion stage,” he said.

“The City al­ways main­tained that it does not have the ca­pac­ity and re­sources to build the marina on its own and that it would need the State Gov­ern­ment or a pub­lic/pri­vate part­ner­ship to de­velop the fa­cil­ity.

“I can as­sure all of our res­i­dents and ratepay­ers, who have over­whelm­ingly sup­ported this de­vel­op­ment from the out­set, the City re­mains de­ter­mined to see the Ocean Reef Marina project through to its com­ple­tion in ac­cor­dance with their as­pi­ra­tions,” Mayor Pickard said.

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