Marina upgrade already making waves

COMPLETION of the first stage of a $1.7 million upgrade recently has benefited users, according to the Department of Transport.

Coastal infrastructure director of project delivery Cameron Smith said a 12-week work program has seen major improvements to car and trailer parking.

Those included resurfacing, the creation of a new overflow parking area and introduction of traffic management measures to ease congestion at peak times.

“The number of car and trailer bays has approximately doubled, from 38 to 99, while signage, kerbing and line marking help the flow of traffic and better manage queuing at the facility during busy periods,” Mr Smith said.

At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on Monday, president Peter Wimsett referred to an incident at the marina on Sunday where police impounded several vehicles for alleged hooning.

Mr Wimsett said the carpark upgrades had made a “wonderful surface for hoons” and a track for vehicles to race around.

The second stage of the upgrade, funded by the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme, will focus on the launch facilities to address boat ramp congestion, reduce wait times in summer and improve safety for recreational boaters.

Mr Smith said following consultation with users and stakeholders, the department had started the engineering design to widen the launch ramp to accommodate two lanes and install a central, 50m-long floating jetty.

“Tenders will soon be called for these improvements and the associated upgrade of the existing jetty, realignment of the revetment wall, access path, lighting and signage,” he said.

“It’s anticipated work on stage two will commence in September and every effort will be made to maintain access to the launch ramps during construction.

“However, it’s envisaged the ramp will be closed for a short period (up to two weeks) when the new concrete base is laid.”

Mr Smith said the contractor would build the concrete base outside school holiday periods and boat ramp users would be told in advance.

He said the upgrade would finish by the start of the December school holidays.

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