Lands Minister Doug Shave today announced that the Georgiou Group would build the first stage of the Mandurah Ocean Marina.
The $13.8 million contract is the second largest single contract ever awarded by LandCorp.
“The State Government’s investment in the construction of the marina will boost job opportunities and open up a range of business and investment possibilities in the Mandurah area,” Mr Shave said.
“The construction contract will create work for local sub-contractors, while the marina itself will be a catalyst for major economic growth, as a lively mix of shops, restaurants, tourism ventures and residential developments move into this high profile new tourism development.”
The Minister said the 10-month contract to build stage one of the Mandurah Ocean Marina would involve the construction of the northern portion of the marina basin including edge walls, all onshore civil and electrical servicing, landscaping, boat ramps, a commercial fishing service wharf, mooring jetty, refuelling facilities, and the creation of a new marina entrance.
“Water will be pumped out from the northern section of the existing harbour so that the area can be excavated, while the southern portion is kept in use as a result of a 250m-long bund that has already been built,” Mr Shave said.
“It is expected to take about six weeks to drain the northern section by pumping about five million litres of seawater a day and allowing for recharge from the ocean.”
The Minister expects that LandCorp will award the contract to construct the marina’s state-of-the-art boat mooring facilities in November.
Both contracts will be scheduled to finish towards the middle of next year.
The members for Mandurah and Dawesville both welcomed today’s announcement.
Dawesville MLA Arthur Marshall said the marina would be an asset to the community.
“It will attract visitors to the area and will fulfil a community need, as there are boats of all sizes using the Mandurah waterways,” Mr Marshall said.
“It also offers the owners of large boats in the metropolitan area an alternative to Rottnest on weekends.”
Mandurah MLA Roger Nicholls said the marina project had the potential to be a catalyst for more jobs for local people, both in the short and longer term.
“I am particularly excited about the potential for jobs in the service industry and the new boating industries that will be attracted to Mandurah as a result of the marina being established,” Mr Nicholls said.
The Mandurah Ocean Marina is one of a number of major projects being undertaken by LandCorp in line with the State Government’s policy to encourage and assist regional urban development.
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