Ocean Reef Marina community forums coming

 A concept plan of the Ocean Reef Marina
A concept plan of the Ocean Reef Marina

TWO community forums will be held early next month to coincide with another milestone in the Ocean Reef Marina project.

Public advertising of two documents that form the basis of the State Government’s environmental and planning assessments for the marina started on Tuesday.

During the three-month public submission period, which ends on February 24, residents are encouraged to make a submission on the Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment and the Public Environmental Review.

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This advertising follows the announcement in September by the State Government, through LandCorp, that it would work with the City of Joondalup to bring the development to fruition.

Attendees at the community forums will receive updated information about the project and experts will be on hand to explain the environmental and planning assessment process going forward.

Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard said the public advertising period was an opportunity for residents and stakeholders to take part in this process.

“The City has spent a number of years and invested significant financial and human resources in developing the Ocean Reef Marina concept plan and undertaking numerous studies, investigations and reviews required for development,” he said.

“It is a very complex and challenging project and a development of this scale requires extensive planning, consultation and approvals, all which require significant time and due consideration.”

Mr Pickard said while the State Government had agreed to become the lead proponent on the project, the City, as joint land owner, would still play a significant role to ensure the City’s interests and those of the local community were represented.

The forums will be held at the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club on Monday, December 5, from 12pm to 2pm and Thursday, December 8, from 7pm to 9pm.

Submissions can be made via the City of Joondalup’s website.

The Ocean Reef Marina Negotiated Planning Outcome for Bush Forever and the draft preliminary Ocean Reef Marina Structure Plan are also available at the City’s website.