- Major milestone reached on Ocean Reef Marina election commitment
- Project expected to support more than 8,000 construction jobs and provide a $3 billion economic boost
- Premier unveils Perth's first coastal pool will be included in the exciting new marina
- $6.5 million allocated for the relocation of existing club facilities
The McGowan Government has broken ground on the long-anticipated Ocean Reef Marina project, which will now feature Perth's first coastal pool, paving the way for more than 8,000 construction jobs and a $3 billion injection into the Western Australian economy.
The first stage, now underway, involves ground works to facilitate the construction of marina infrastructure and public amenities.
The project, which was a 2017 election commitment, will deliver an iconic waterfront precinct providing recreational, tourism, residential and boating facilities for local residents and visitors.
Approximately 12,000sqm of retail and commercial space, integrated with more than five hectares of community space, will cater for a range of new and expanded businesses such as cafés and restaurants.
On completion, it is expected the marina will provide ongoing employment for more than 900 people.
The marina is now set to feature Perth's first coastal pool and the State Government will commit a further $6.5 million to the project.
The coastal pool will be located within the protected beach area, and will be available for locals and visitors to swim laps in and to play aquatic sports.
The $6.5 million in additional funding will help relocate the Marine Rescue Whitfords and Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club (ORSSC) to new facilities within the multimillion-dollar development by 2023.
The Joondalup City RSL memorial will also be relocated to a suitable location within the central open space at the Ocean Reef Marina development and in close proximity to the new ORSSC site. The location and design will accommodate large gatherings such as Anzac Day memorial services.
The McGowan Government has now committed $126.5 million in funding for the marina over the life of the project. The project is also expected to generate more than $900 million in private and public sector investment.
The State Government's development corporation, DevelopmentWA, is responsible for the construction of the marina. The City of Joondalup is a project partner.
For further information, visit https://www.developmentwa.com.au/oceanreefmarina/
Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:
"A marina at Ocean Reef has been talked about for decades, and so it's exciting to see this precinct finally coming to life as we promised.
"When complete, this project will be a key attraction, not just for the northern suburbs but for our whole State, just like Hillarys Boat Harbour has been.
"The idea was first floated in the late 1970s, and after committing to the project prior to the State election in March 2017, my Government is now making that vision a reality.
"This is a landmark project with big numbers attached to it in terms of jobs and investment.
"Latest modelling shows it will result in an estimated $3 billion boost to the broader economy and create 8,600 construction jobs.
"This is exactly the sort of project we need to help keep our State moving forward during this difficult period to assist with our State's recovery."
Comments attributed to Lands Minister Ben Wyatt:
"Ocean Reef Marina will not only provide a wonderful marine playground for the people of Western Australia, it will also unlock economic growth and create new jobs during construction and in the longer term.
"Community consultation has informed the final plans for the marina, which now includes Perth's first coastal pool, and through our Construction Working Group we will continue to listen to community feedback.
"After more than 40 years in the making, I'm delighted to get this project off the ground, creating local jobs and opening up new opportunities for people living in the northern suburbs."
Comments attributed to Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton:
"Our community is well and truly ready for this much-anticipated project, one of our key election commitments, to become a reality.
"It will deliver jobs and boost our local economy, it will be a place that locals can interact with our pristine coastline and become a tourism destination that will put Joondalup on the map.
"The members of the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club, Marine Rescue Whitfords and the Joondalup City RSL have been an integral part of the planning of this exciting development, and I would like to thank them for their willingness to work so collaboratively with us.
"I encourage community members to sign up for project updates so they can stay across all the exciting developments in the coming years. Register your interest by calling 9300 3990."
Premier's office - 6552 5000
Lands Minister's office - 6552 5900