Wharf proposal could revitalise town
The man behind Broome’s multimillion dollar floating wharf proposal has spoken for the first time about his plan to help breathe new life into the town.
Kimberley Marine Support Base managing director Andrew Natta said he hopes to build and lease the world-class infrastructure, as well as develop the economy around the facility.
“It is early days and we are going through a feasibility stage, but this is a very exciting project,” he said. “We want to work with the Kimberley Ports Authority to play a role in attracting businesses to the region.
“The existing wharf is a great structure that has stood the test of time, but it takes a whole new facility to make the changes we want to make. It will still stay in service, but we want to compliment what is already there.”
Mr Natta said construction would be completed by 2021 if his team were given the green light by the middle of next year. He said the facility would have great flow-on effects.
“There would be permanent, local jobs and our policy is to reside in the community,” he said.
Mr Natta was managing director behind the Onslow Marine Support Base, which completed its first stage in October 2017. The facility featured a 200m wharf, laydown facilities and dual landing craft transport ramps to service the oil and gas industry.