Property Council WA eyes Ocean Reef Marina, Sorrento Plaza for development

Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt at the Ocean Reef Marina site.
Moore MHR Ian Goodenough, Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar and Joondalup chief executive Garry Hunt at the Ocean Reef Marina site.

THE Ocean Reef Marina and Sorrento Plaza were recently the focus of an industry lunch hosted by the Property Council of WA.

The lunch previewed four developments for Perth’s coast that would create jobs, boost tourism and drive the WA economy.

Property Council WA executive director Lino Iacomella said the Ocean Reef Marina had been a long time in the making, with original development plans submitted in 1978.

He said the current concept plan included significant public space, with buildings ranging from three to nine storeys.

He said the build time is expected to take between 10 and 12 years, contributing significantly to the local economy during that time.

Meanwhile, the multi-storey Sorrento Plaza had “the potential to better connect the plaza with the beach as well as creating a vibrant and modern social hub”.

“The best of the current offering will be staying on in the new development as well as the introduction of new food and beverage outlets,” he said.

Other developments discussed were the Scarborough beach-front development and the Port Coogee development.

“These four projects will see West Australians making the most of our state’s best asset by enabling more people to live, work and be entertained along our coastline,” Mr Iacomella said.

Joondalup MLA Emily Hamilton said she welcomed Federal interest in the Ocean Reef Marina after Assistant Treasurer Michael Sukkar was on site last month.

The approval process was due to be completed late next year.

“Once this is done, a Federal investment will allow the project to progress even quicker,” she said.

“It is important to note that at the time of the state election, both Labor and Liberal committed $40 million of funding for the Ocean Reef Marina development over the current forward estimates.”

Earlier this week, Stuart Hawkins, who represents residents opposed to a six-storey Sorrento Plaza, said they had met with Department of Planning officers in June to discuss their support for the City of Joondalup’s council decision to limit the development height to four storeys.

Mr Hawkins said the planning minister would first need to consider the proposal before the WA Planning Commission could make its decision.