Two Rocks Marina reference group pitches ideas for long-term vision of $6 million redevelopment

Two Rocks Marina. Photo: Martin Kennealey
Two Rocks Marina. Photo: Martin Kennealey

CAFES, restaurants, public spaces, markets, pop-up shops and dolphin charter tours are among the ideas pitched for Two Rocks Marina’s $6 million redevelopment.

The Transport Department’s project delivery director Cameron Smith said the marina reference group had met four times since April and continued to work on a long-term vision for the project.

“The group continues to provide (the department) with invaluable feedback,” he said.

“Some of the key ideas from the group include cafes and restaurants, more public spaces, the opportunity for artisan markets and pop-up shops.”

Minutes from meetings showed suggestions included dolphin charter tours and Mr Smith said members also suggested viewing areas so people could watch the crayfishing industry operations.

“The group has also had an opportunity to look at the marina up close, with a site visit held in July to demonstrate the urgency of repair works for the wharves, jetties and maritime buildings,” he said.

“The group will develop a longer-term vision for the existing harbour by early 2019.”

Mr Smith said redevelopment work was progressing on schedule with the western breakwater repairs completed in May ahead of the winter storms.

He said about 7000 tonnes of limestone added to it would increase the breakwater’s resilience in storm events and improve public safety.

“Works associated with the demolition and replacement of pens and jetty structures commenced last month and is ongoing – the boat launching facility remains open,” he said.

“The Wangara-based contractor Shorewater Marine is making good use of the timbers from the demolished structures by donating them to the Joondalup Primary School and the Gingin Men’s Shed.”

Shorewater Marine delivered timber from Two Rocks Marina to Gingin Men’s Shed.
Timber from demolished structures at Two Rocks Marina will be repurposed by Gingin Men’s Shed.

The 14-member reference group, which includes business owners and community representatives, is scheduled to hold its next meeting in September.

For more information, visit www.transport.wa.gov.au.