Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    65 new large boat pen licences to be allocated by public ballot

    9/05/2008 12:00 AM

    Licences for 65 new recreational boat pens at Fremantle Fishing Boat harbour will be allocated by public ballot in June. 


    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan invited registrations for the ballot and said the pens would help meet rapidly growing demand for larger boat pens in the metropolitan area.


    “The number of large recreational vessels in WA has increased by 60 per cent over the past decade,” Ms MacTiernan said.


    “The new pens will range in size from 15 to 22 metres and the minimum length of vessel to be catered for is 12m in overall length.


    “They will be built at the southern end of the harbour, with the project funded by the prepayment of a five year licence by penholders.”


    The pens are expected to be available by the end of the year, with a tender due shortly.


    The Minister said the Government was also considering replacing 40-year-old timber jetties alongside Capo D’Orlando Drive with an alternative pen layout, which could provide an additional 100 pens when funding was available.


    The Department for Planning and Infrastructure, in co-operation with the WA Electoral Commission, will hold a public ballot for the pens on June 7.


    People who want to register for the ballot can visit or contact the Harbour Officer on 9431 1020.  


    They will be sent ballot packs detailing the size and location of the pens available, licence conditions and the price of the pens, which will be calculated on current market rates.


    Registration will close on May 29.


    Minister's office - 9213 6400