City of Joondalup in discussions with AQWA to berth Duyfken replica

Duyfken replica. Picture: Michel Porro/Getty Images.
Duyfken replica. Picture: Michel Porro/Getty Images.

HILLARYS could become a home for the Duyfken replica.

Earlier this year, Joondalup councillor Philippa Taylor requested a report on the possibility of the City providing $160,000 to the replica following reports of the State Government withdrawing funding.

The Duyfken’s maintenance and staffing costs are mainly funded through grants from the State Government and donations from the public and is usually berthed at the Fishing Boat Harbour in Fremantle.

However, the State Government has since confirmed it will continue its funding for 2018-19 and 2019-20.

Despite this news, the City is still looking into the option of berthing the Duyfken within its boundaries, which could generate tourist and economic benefits for the community.

In last week’s council meeting document, it said the Duyfken 1606 Replica Foundation’s preference was to house the ship in a “secure area to minimise damage to the ship”.

The City has proposed the disused dolphin pen at AQWA.

However, the foundation has advised a one-off capital investment of about $80,000 would be required to upgrade the infrastructure to make the area suitable for the Duyfken to be berthed for about six months each year.

This would be the responsibility of AQWA to coordinate, for which it would seek funding partners.

“Given the potential economic and tourism benefits which could be delivered to the City from the Duyfken being berthed within AQWA between April and September for 2019, 2020 and 2021 there may be cause for the City to offer some contribution toward the funding, with the remaining funding to be sought from one or more of the owners and operators of Hillarys Boat Harbour who would also benefit from the investment,” the council document said.

“The key reasons the foundation has initiated discussions with AQWA are to facilitate better access to the northern suburbs catchment schools to deliver their school education program and to provide a different, immersive experience for patrons.”

The Ocean Reef Marina was also a suggested site but the council document said with an expected build time of about 12 to 13 years, it could not be considered to berth the Duyfken until at least the year 2032.

Councillors unanimously noted the chief executive would continue discussions with the foundation.