Contract awarded for the biggest component of the $18.275 million Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade
Marine structures and civil works start this month
Made possible by the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program
Work on the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade, made possible by a Royalties for Regions investment of $18.275 million, is progressing on time with the awarding of the contract for the biggest component of the project.
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said Wangara-based Ertech Pty Ltd won the $8.339 million contract following an extensive expressions of interest and tender process, and would deliver the 88 metre extension to the wharf, hardstand extension, four new trawler pens and raising of the southern breakwater.
"About 7,600 cubic metres of locally sourced rock will be used to increase the height of the breakwater to protect the trawler pens, while about 140 tonnes of steel will be used to extend the wharf to provide a new heavy lift zone and hardstand, significantly increasing the capacity of the facility," Mr Nalder said.
"Work will commence on the marine structures and civil works in mid-July, ensuring the upgrade project remains on schedule for completion by mid-2017."
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said he was looking forward to the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade moving to the next and most important stage of implementation.
"As the largest harbour south of the Pilbara, Exmouth is strategically well placed and this upgrade reinforces the facility as an important maritime hub in the State's north," Mr Redman said.
"The Exmouth Boat Harbour will better accommodate and service the rapidly growing supply vessel traffic, supporting the resources industry, as well as the growing tourist and recreational vessel traffic for the benefit of both current and future generations.
"Investments through Royalties for Regions, like the Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade, are enabling regional Western Australian communities to strengthen their capabilities and realise their economic potential."
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