A major tourist and residential project for the town of Exmouth is now a step closer to reality with the announcement by the State Government of a preferred developer for the project.
Deputy Premier and Regional Development Minister Hendy Cowan, in announcing the decision to select a consortium led by Multiplex, described the Exmouth Marina Village project as essential for the long-term economic growth of the town and its environs.
The proposed 79ha development includes a canal estate, tourist resort and an area to service the fishing industry and other marine activities.
Explaining the importance of the project, Mr Cowan said Exmouth had had to adjust to the economic and social impact of the withdrawal of the US Navy from the area in the early 1990s and the devastation caused by Cyclone Vance last year.
“This project, when added to the recently completed boat harbour, tourist visitor centre and international air passenger terminal at Learmonth, will generate significant investment and employment opportunities to underpin the future growth of the town,” he said.
“The Exmouth area offers unique tourism, recreation and lifestyle opportunities and the Marina Village project will provide the modern infrastructure required to support well-planned growth.”
Mr Cowan praised the Gascoyne Development Commission, the Shire of Exmouth and Landcorp for preparing such an exciting concept.
The project, which is to be managed by Landcorp, comprises five superlots which are to be developed in accordance with a plan approved by the Exmouth Shire Council and the State Government. There is provision for 211 residential lots and 14 industrial lots.
Landcorp chief executive Ross Holt said the extensive planning, market research, environmental and other technical investigations completed to date provided a sound basis for the project to advance quickly to the construction phase.
Julie Cole (Deputy Premier’s office) 9222 9595
Ian Williams (Landcorp) 9482 7442