Lands Minister Doug Shave has announced the start of major construction work on the $220 million Mandurah Ocean Marina.
“The start of major construction is a turning point for tourism in Mandurah,” Mr Shave said.
The Minister and Mandurah Mayor Keith Holmes switched on high-powered pumps this afternoon to begin de-watering of the northern half of the existing harbour. Around-the-clock pumping program is expected to drain the northern section to its bed within two weeks.
The southern portion of the harbour will be kept in use, a temporary 250m long bund having already been built to maintain water levels in it.
Mr Shave said local MPs Roger Nicholls (Mandurah) and Arthur Marshall (Dawesville) had been key backers of the marina.
“They have worked hard with the Mandurah Council and the local community to turn an exciting concept into an equally exciting reality,” the Minister said.
Mandurah and the Peel Region could look forward to world class facilities for amateur and professional boating and fishing enthusiasts, and a lively mix of new leisure and lifestyle options that will draw international, interstate and local visitors.
“The Marina Project is a catalyst for significant economic growth in the region and will help this already popular holiday destination meet the needs of today’s tourists,” Mr Shave said.
The Mandurah Ocean Marina covers 60ha and is one of several major projects being undertaken by LandCorp as part of the State Government’s commitment to encourage and assist regional urban development.
“LandCorp’s $50 million investment in the marina over the next four to five years will generate an estimated $170 million in private sector investment in the form of new retail outlets, hospitality operations, tourism-based business, boating services and facilities, and residential developments,” the Minister said.
Premier Richard Court and the City of Mandurah have signed an agreement for the city to take on the operations management of the marina when it is completed.
“The marina has already received a tremendous response from boat owners eager to secure moorings in the new state of the art facility,” Mr Shave said.
Stage 1 of the marina is due for completion in mid-2001.
Developers and investors have already shown considerable interest in six development sites ranging in size from 3,500 square metres to nearly 20,000 square metres and LandCorp is proceeding with a call for expressions of interest in the lots.
John Clune (Minister’s Office) 9213 6500
Ian Williams (LandCorp) 9482 7442