Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Hon Norman Moore BA DipEd JP MLC

Former Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries; Electoral Affairs

    State Budget 2012-13: Building the State - New infrastructure at the Abrolhos Islands

    30/05/2012 12:00 AM
    • $2.1million to better monitor unique Houtman Abrolhos Islands
    • New Rat Island jetty provides increased maintenance potential
    • Management and research vital for significant WA marine environment

    Western Australia’s Houtman Abrolhos Islands have received a $2.1million infrastructure boost in the 2012-13 State Budget.


    Fisheries Minister Moore said the money included $580,000 to replace the deteriorating Rat Island jetty, which followed the $1.5million set aside to upgrade the East Wallabi and Beacon Island jetties.


    “Built in the mid-60s, Rat Island jetty will be replaced to support integral services for the Saville Kent Centre operations on the island,” Mr Moore said.


    “Rat Island also has an airstrip that is strategically important to the Abrolhos and also needs maintenance, so the new jetty will be more suitable to unload and transfer heavy equipment required for the repair work.”


    The Minister said the Saville Kent Centre, owned by the Department of Fisheries, provided primary logistical support in the management of the Abrolhos Islands.


    “The new Rat Island jetty will be the principal avenue for deliveries of the equipment and supplies needed to maintain the facility,” he said.


    In the last three years the department has introduced fisheries management changes that have increased its service delivery and field presence at the Abrolhos, resulting in a greater use of operational sites and associated jetties at the Abrolhos Islands.


    “It is particularly important for the commercial rock lobster industry.  Added to that, a growing non-commercial fishing presence over the last few years has also required greater departmental activity, increasing the need to extend the East Wallabi jetty to accommodate larger vessels,” Mr Moore said.


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