Ma­rina project set to cre­ate jobs

Southern Telegraph - - Opinion - Rick Palmer, Rock­ing­ham

Why should peo­ple sup­port the Man­gles Bay Ma­rina and tourism precinct?

In 1992, then-Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing Min­is­ter Si­mon Crean es­tab­lished the South Coast Re­gional Ad­vi­sory Com­mit­tee on Em­ploy­ment to iden­tify work-cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in our re­gion.

We ap­proved fund­ing for projects in­clud­ing fore­shore re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion, the Ap­pren­tice Train­ing Cen­tre on Hope Val­ley Road, land care man­age­ment; the Naval As­so­ci­a­tion’s fa­cil­i­ties at Man­gles Bay and so on.

Long-term unemployed peo­ple were given the chance to learn skills.

Why was our com­mit­tee needed?

Be­cause 55 per cent of young Aus­tralians aged 15-25 liv­ing in the area could not get a job and the com­mu­nity suf­fered as a re­sult.

Many at­tempts to build a ma­rina have been stymied.

Po­ten­tial dam­age to seagrass was an is­sue un­til an ‘in­land ma­rina” was pro­posed.

A com­pany of the high­est stan­dard, Cedar Woods, is part­ner­ing with Land­Corp and they are go­ing through the fi­nal stages of the ap­provals process.

The project is al­ready gen­er­at­ing work and pay­ing wages to sci­en­tists and plan­ners, pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cers and coun­cil em­ploy­ees as well as State and Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment pub­lic ser­vants.

There will be jobs for bull­dozer driv­ers, road builders, land scap­ing firms and con­struc­tion work­ers.

There will be work for peo­ple in­stalling float­ing pens and lay­ing carparks, and staff will be needed in res­tau­rants, ho­tels and the boat­ing club.

Many of th­ese jobs will go to young peo­ple. The pub­lic will have an amaz­ing venue to visit where they can eat, be en­ter­tained and just en­joy the place, and there will be a safe har­bour for some lo­cal boat own­ers.

In the pe­riod be­tween 1992 and 1998, I saw how aw­ful un­em­ploy­ment could be for young peo­ple es­pe­cially.

The ma­rina project alone will not solve em­ploy­ment prob­lems in our re­gion, but it will con­trib­ute to the rem­edy.

It will add to the di­ver­si­fi­ca­tion of our econ­omy, which might help us cope if ever we suf­fer an­other re­ces­sion like the last one. Lo­cal gov­ern­ment author­i­ties have lim­ited pow­ers over ma­jor de­vel­op­ments.

It is im­por­tant the Tele­graph’s read­ers know that.

The ma­rina and tourism precinct at Man­gles Bay has Fed­eral and State Gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

It is a project sup­ported by a State Gov­ern­ment and led by Pre­mier Colin Bar­nett.

As it is built and when it is com­plete, the peo­ple of the Rock­ing­ham re­gion will be the ben­e­fi­cia­ries.

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