City of Wanneroo wants artifical reef off its coastline

City of Wanneroo wants artifical reef off its coastline

THE City of Wanneroo will ask the State Government to consider installing an artificial reef along its 32km coastline.

Earlier this month, Fisheries Minister Dave Kelly announced plans for a $1 million artificial reef in the northern suburbs, with a location to be chosen in consultation with the community.

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At its meeting on Tuesday, the council agreed to ask minister to consider building the proposed artificial reef in the waters off the City’s coastline.

In a motion on notice, Mayor Tracey Roberts said waters off Mindarie presented an opportunity for such a reef, given the availability of boating facilities and local fishing culture.

“Construction of an artificial reef offshore of the City of Wanneroo’s coastline will result in benefits to tourism within the City associated with recreational fishing and diving activities,” Mrs Roberts said.

“The increased visitors to the boat launching areas at Mindarie Marina and Two Rocks Marina will also further benefit small businesses in the area.”

Several councillors initially wanted to refer the motion back for further investigation, but after assurances from assets director Harminder Singh that an artificial reef 7km offshore would not affect the coastline, they supported it.

Mrs Roberts said she wanted the City’s coastline to be front of mind for the minister when it came to determining where the structure should be installed.

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