PLANS for the redevelopment of the Ocean Reef Marina are on track with legislation confirming the boundaries of the marina being passed in both houses of Parliament.
Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said the passing of the Marmion Marine Park Reserves Bill 2019 was “a critical step” for the long-awaited project, which is due to start construction next year.
It follows the environmental approval for the marine part of the development, which was received in August after a public environmental review – the highest level of environmental assessment in the State – which identified strict conditions to ensure the environment is protected.
“The marina development has been subject to a rigorous environmental assessment process which is testament to the commitment by the State Government to ensuring we are able to deliver a development that balances environmental impacts with economic sustainability,” Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said.
“I look forward to seeing this long-awaited development take shape in the coming years.”
Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton added that the waterfront precinct, which will recreational, tourism and residential facilities, will also create more than 900 local jobs and create new opportunities for local businesses.
The start of the development will mark the end of a three-decade wait by the local community.
On completion, the Ocean Reef Marina will have the capacity for 565 boat pens, 200 boat stackers and a diverse mix of more than 1000 new homes.
It will also include 12,000sq m of retail and commercial space, 2.6ha of public open space and an internal beach.