Safe har­bour for Duyfken replica

Joondalup Weekender - - News - Tyler Brown

HIL­LARYS Boat Har­bour could be­come a home for the Duyfken replica.

HIL­LARYS could be­come a home for the Duyfken replica.

Ear­lier this year Joon­dalup coun­cil­lor Philippa Taylor re­quested a re­port on the pos­si­bil­ity of the City pro­vid­ing $160,000 to the replica fol­low­ing re­ports of the State Govern­ment with­draw­ing fund­ing.

The Duyfken’s main­te­nance and staffing costs are mainly funded through grants from the State Govern­ment and dona­tions from the pub­lic and is usu­ally berthed at the Fish­ing Boat Har­bour in Fre­man­tle.

How­ever, the State Govern­ment has since con­firmed it will con­tinue its fund­ing for 2018-19 and 2019-20.

But the City is still look­ing into the op­tion of berthing the Duyfken within its bound­aries, which could gen­er­ate tourist and eco­nomic ben­e­fits.

In last week’s coun­cil meet­ing doc­u­ment, it said the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foun­da­tion’s pref­er­ence was to house the replica in a “se­cure area to min­imise dam­age to the ship”.

The City has pro­posed the dis­used dol­phin pen at AQWA.

How­ever, the foun­da­tion has ad­vised a one-off cap­i­tal in­vest­ment of about $80,000 would be re­quired to up­grade the in­fra­struc­ture to make the area suit­able for the Duyfken to be berthed for about six months each year.

This would be the re­spon­si­bil­ity of AQWA to co­or­di­nate, which it would seek fund­ing part­ners for.

“Given the po­ten­tial eco­nomic and tourism ben­e­fits which could be de­liv­ered to the City from the Duyfken be­ing berthed within AQWA between April and Septem­ber for 2019, 2020 and 2021 there may be cause for the City to of­fer some con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the fund­ing, with the re­main­ing fund­ing to be sought from one or more of the own­ers and op­er­a­tors of Hil­larys Boat Har­bour who would also ben­e­fit,” the coun­cil doc­u­ment said.

Pic­ture: Michel Porro/Getty Im­ages

The City is look­ing into the op­tion of berthing the Duyfken replica at Hil­larys Boat Har­bour.

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