Sunday, July 21, 2024

Coastal pool in the swim for marina plans

Work on Perth’s long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina project – which will feature the city’s very first coastal pool – is underway.

WA Premier, Mark McGowan said the first stage of construction involved ground works to facilitate the construction of marina infrastructure and public amenities. 

“A marina at Ocean Reef has been talked about for decades, and so it’s exciting to see this precinct finally coming to life as we promised,” said the Premier.

“When complete, this project will be a key attraction, not just for the northern suburbs but for our whole State, just like Hillarys Boat Harbour has been.”

The project is set to provide Perth with an iconic waterfront precinct providing recreational, tourism, residential and boating facilities for local residents and visitors. 

It incorporate approximately 12,000sqm of retail and commercial space, integrated with more than five hectares of community space.

On completion, it is expected the marina will provide ongoing employment for more than 900 people.

“This is a landmark project with big numbers attached to it in terms of jobs and investment,” said Mr McGowan.

“Latest modelling shows it will result in an estimated $3 billion boost to the broader economy and create 8,600 construction jobs.

“This is exactly the sort of project we need to help keep our State moving forward during this difficult period to assist with our State’s recovery.”

He said $6.5 million in additional funding would help relocate the Marine Rescue Whitfords and Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club (ORSSC) to new facilities within the multimillion-dollar development by 2023. 

The Joondalup City RSL memorial will also be relocated to a suitable location within the central open space at the Ocean Reef Marina development and in close proximity to the new ORSSC site, with the location set to accommodate large gatherings such as Anzac Day memorial services.

The WA government has now committed $126.5 million in funding for the marina over the life of the project.

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