THE State Government has tripled its election commitment to provide $40 million towards the long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina, committing $120 million over the life of the project.
Premier Mark McGowan and Lands Minister Rita Saffioti joined Joondalup Mayor Troy Pickard at Ocean Reef Boat Harbour this morning to make the announcement.
The $120 million includes $35 million to be allocated in the 2017-18 State budget.
The funding will enable all planning requirements and environmental reviews to be finalised and allow for forward works to start, with construction expected to commence in 2020.
Mr Pickard said today’s announcement was the culmination of more than 10 years of hard work from the City.
“For over a decade, the City has invested significant financial and human resources on the Ocean Reef Marina project, undertaking numerous studies, investigations, community consultation and the approvals required for its development,” he said.
“We welcome the commitment of the State Government, which will allow work on this world-class development to finally get underway.
“The Ocean Reef Marina project has long been heavily supported and desired by our local community and I am sure they will share our excitement with today’s news.
“The City has worked collaboratively with the major political parties for a number of years to arrive at today’s significant milestone, and we express our thanks and appreciation to everyone that has been involved for their efforts.”
Premier Mark McGowan said the project was “a rare opportunity to transform existing facilities into a world-class tourism and recreational facility, providing a major boost to jobs in the northern suburbs”.
“It’s expected the new precinct will also have about 1000 new dwellings, ensuring the area will be full of activity once fully developed,” he said.
Lands Minister Rita Saffioti said tripling its pre-election commitment showed “just how serious” the government was about “getting this project done”.
“This will eventually become an iconic, must-see destination for Perth and will prove an asset for locals, visitors and recreational boaters alike,” she said.
“Ocean Reef Marina is a medium to long term commitment to create hundreds of jobs and provide valuable infrastructure where people live.”
The State Government, through LandCorp, will lead the development and work with the City of Joondalup to deliver the project.
“The City will be actively involved in the decision making processes and will work collaboratively with all stakeholders to ensure our interests and those of the local community are represented,” Mr Pickard said.
The Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club and Whitfords Volunteer Sea Rescue Group will also be involved to determine what relocation needs are required.
The Ocean Reef Marina project will include about 550 boat pens and additional boat stackers, boat ramps and boat trailer parking, hotel and short stay accommodation, residential apartments, food and beverage outlets, retail and commercial developments, an internal beach, sea sports club and sea rescue facilities.
The full cost of the project will be determined once LandCorp and the City of Joondalup have completed the business case.
Federal Government funding will also be sought, with additional State Government funding to be allocated as part of subsequent budgets.
Future private sector investment is expected to be worth more than $500 million.
2007 – Ocean Reef Marina Committee, Government Steering Committee and Community Reference Group is established.
2009 – Concept Plan 7 is endorsed by the council for community consultation, receiving 95.6 per cent support from the almost 12,000 respondents who made submissions.
2011 – An amended concept plan is endorsed by the council as the basis for the preparation of the Local Structure Plan for the development.
2012 –The Ocean Reef Marina Memorandum of Understanding with the State Government is signed.
2013 – A submission is made to the WA Planning Commission requesting to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme boundary.
2014 – The Metropolitan Region Scheme boundary amendment is initiated by the WA Planning Commission. The Environmental Protection Authority is determined to assess the marine based components (under section 38 of the Environmental Protection Act 1986) via a Public Environmental Review.
2015 – The City of Joondalup calls on the State Government to become the proponent of the Ocean Reef Marina project.
2016 – The Liberal-National Government allocates funding in the 2016-17 budget to continue approval processes and announces it will take over the lead role in delivering the Ocean Reef Marina project.
2017 – The McGowan Labor Government allocates $35 million in the 2017-18 State budget as part of a $120 million commitment over the life of the Ocean Reef Marina project.