A ‘world-class waterfront precinct’ will be the result of a $120m upgrade of Ocean Reef boat harbour announced by the state government recently.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the Ocean Reef Marina project would “transform existing facilities into a world-class tourism and recreational facility” and in the process provide a “major boost to jobs in the northern suburbs”.
“It’s expected the new precinct will also have about 1,000 new dwellings, ensuring the area will be full of activity once fully developed,” he said in announcing the project which was promised in the lead up to the 2017 state election.
Premier McGowan said $35 million would be allocated in the 2017-18 State Budget to kick-start the project’s construction, the first major financial allocation to the long-awaited transformation.
This will be followed by additional funding in subsequent years up to a total of $120 million over the life of the project which is expected to commence construction in 2020.
Mr McGowan said the new Ocean Reef Marina will be turned into thriving hub for tourism and would provide plenty of jobs and new diverse housing options, including apartments, retail and commercial developments.
The mixed use marina will include about 550 boat pens, additional boat stackers and associated trailer parking to cater for the significant demand for boating facilities in the northern suburbs.
The State Government’s LandCorp will lead the development, working with the City of Joondalup to deliver the project, including the finalisation of all planning requirements and an environment review.
The funding will also allow for forward works to start, opening the door to future private sector investment expected to be worth more than $500 million.
Federal Government funding will also be sought for the project in an effort to speed up it’s delivery.
The State Government will work with the City of Joondalup, the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and the Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue to determine what relocation needs are required.
Minister for Lands, Rita Saffioti, said the tripling of Labor’s pre-election commitment for the project to $120 million showed “just how serious Labor was about getting this project done”.
“This will eventually become an iconic, must-see destination for Perth and will prove an asset for locals, visitors and recreational boaters alike,” she said.
Ocean Reef Marina is a medium to long term commitment to create hundreds of jobs and provide valuable infrastructure where people live.
“In addition to more than eight hectares of public open space, there will also be space made available for existing community facilities to use.”
Source: WA Today