Marina project set to create jobs
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.