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