Public can test the waters

An artist’s impression of the completed Ocean Reef Marina project, which residents can learn more about at public forums this month.
An artist’s impression of the completed Ocean Reef Marina project, which residents can learn more about at public forums this month.

Sessions will outline progress with the proposed recreational, residential and tourism facility, which requires a Metropolitan Region Scheme amendment from the WA Planning Commission.

Mayor Troy Pickard said the City had spent seven years on the project, which had overwhelming support from the community.

‘More than 96 per cent of them voiced their support for the project and they want to see the first sod turned on the site as soon as possible,’ he said.

‘The development has the potential to provide residents with a world-class recreational, residential, boating and tourism marina that encapsulates high levels of environmental sustainability, community amenity and delivers economic growth and social benefit.’

In July, the City asked the WA Planning Commission to amend the Metropolitan Region Scheme to rezone and rationalise the marina site to urban with an additional waterways zone and new parks and recreation- reserved land.

The application includes a proposal to exclude a parcel of water from Marmion Marine Park.

‘This is a major Perth metropolitan area project which will have significant economic benefits during its construction phase and once the marina is fully operational,’ Mr Pickard said.

‘It has now progressed to a point where the ball is in the State Government’s court to advance the project to the next stage.’

Sessions will be at Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club on Monday, August 26, 2pm and 7pm, and Saturday, August 31, 11am.

Visit Joondalup.wa.gov.au for details.