Wharf pro­posal could re­vi­talise town

Broome Advertiser - - News - Jakeb Wad­dell

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.

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