Premier Alan Carpenter today presented the City of Joondalup with a $50,000 cheque as part of a $700,000 State Government commitment towards the city’s Ocean Reef Marina precinct structure plan.
Mr Carpenter said planning for the transformation of Ocean Reef Marina into a major boat harbour, commercial and recreational precinct was well under way.
“I congratulate the city for ensuring strong community representation through the reference group in overseeing this project,” he said.
“A concept plan for the precinct is soon to be released and a business case is being developed.
“Local people recognise the project’s enormous potential to create jobs, improve boating facilities and provide a world-class recreation precinct for the northern suburbs.
“I am sure that they, along with local member John Quigley MLA , who is a strong advocate, are looking forward to seeing the structure plan completed and development under way.”
Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan, who initiated the State Government commitment in 2004, said that Ocean Reef Marina was a valuable location for such a development.
“While Western Australians have a seemingly insatiable appetite for recreational boating and for oceanside recreational activity, there are very few metropolitan locations where such development is acceptable,” Ms MacTiernan said.
“At Ocean Reef we are fortunate to have an established facility, with room to expand and community support.
“Recreational boating is becoming more and more popular as part of WA’s lifestyle and we need to provide the coastal facilities for this.”
The structure plan, which will detail the size and location of development, is expected to be completed in mid-2009.
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