Two Rocks Marina reference group formed to advise on long-term upgrades

Two Rocks Marina reference group formed to advise on long-term upgrades

A REFERENCE group has formed to discuss long-term upgrades at Two Rocks Marina as short term improvements take place, including demolition and building boat pens.

The Transport Department, which announced a $4.9 million contract for short-term upgrades on Friday, has established a 14-member reference group to look at the long-term vision for the marina.

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The group includes Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts, current lessees, government representatives, business people and community members.

During a recent meeting, the group discussed redevelopment opportunities to include more commercial, recreational and tourism spaces, as well as support for commercial fishing and boating industries.

It highlighted inclusion of more boat ramps, a wash down area and cleaning facilities, and opening the northern breakwater for public use.

Short-term upgrades include repairing the southern breakwater and reclaiming part of the harbour along the wall to create a lay-down and vehicle turning area.

It could also involve reclaiming part of the 11.4ha water area to expand the land area, which is currently 5.6ha, for future development.

A concept plan for the long-term future redevelopment includes replacing existing jetties and, on the reclaimed area, creation of a fuel facility, extra parking and development lots at the water’s edge that could be leased.

It could also include demolition of the boat shed and dredging through the harbour.

At the Two Rocks Yanchep Residents Association meeting on May 28, Acumen Development Solutions principal Nick Perrignon said he was one of the reference group members, as developer of Atlantis Beach estate.

Mr Perrignon said there were big issues around the marina that a long-term strategic plan would need to address.

“There are some very important opportunities for the marina to achieve job growth through tourism,” he said. s

His suggestions included a fish and chips shop, microbrewery, caf and dolphin tours.

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

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