Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Exmouth residents invited to consider options for boat harbour expansion

    30/04/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Exmouth residents are being given an opportunity to guide the potential future expansion and development of the town’s increasingly busy boat harbour.

     

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said community consultation would seek feedback on a number of development options and gauge support for the future.

     

    Ms MacTiernan said Mining and Pastoral MLC Vince Catania would chair a steering committee to oversee the process and report to Government.

     

    “There is increasing demand for harbour facilities in the Gascoyne region both from the tourism sector and the oil and gas industry,” she said.

     

    “Exmouth is an excellent location for companies servicing offshore oil and gas exploration and for the increasing number of super yachts and launches travelling to the Ningaloo Reef.

     

    “Even though the locally based prawning fleet has contracted in recent years, the boat harbour is operating at near full capacity.

     

    “Two private operators have expressed interest in developing significant new infrastructure in an expanded harbour, giving us confidence the project is commercially viable.

     

    “So now we want to hear from residents on their views.”

     

    Over the next few weeks, every household in Exmouth will receive information about the proposal from the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, including an invitation to register for community-based forums where expansion scenarios and their potential impacts will be discussed.  

     

    There will information and opportunities to comment online and at community events such as the town’s regular market mornings.

     

    A report on the consultation from the department is expected in four months’ time.

     

    More information is available from the department on 9216 8868 or by visiting

    http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au/imarine/19450.asp

     

    Minister's office -  9213 6400