THE Port Rockingham Marina has been given the tick of approval by the State Government.
The proposal for the marina at Wanliss Street, Rockingham has been years in the making with applicants coming up against several hurdles along the way – including questions of financial acumen and securing the seabed lease for the project.
South Metro MLC Aaron Stonehouse said he was delighted with the latest development for the marina.
“The Port Rockingham marina will be a great addition to the Rockingham foreshore, a boost to local businesses, and a boon to boat owners across the Rockingham area,” he said.
“I am pleased to see that the State Government is now on board.”
Late last week, Mr Stonehouse wrote to Planning Minister Rita Saffioti to share his concerns regarding the proposed rezoning of land at Point Peron to allow the building of an alternative marina on that site.
Mr Stonehouse cited the need to secure public access to public land, and the possibility of unlocking the tourist potential of Point Peron through support for a coastal park on the site.
“Wanliss Street has always made much more sense to me as a marina location,” he said.
“Mangles Bay would be a gated community, with restricted public access, and the need for a massive infrastructure investment on the part of our local and state governments.
“Port Rockingham, by comparison, doesn’t require tax payer support, is at the heart of local amenities, and would feed into existing local businesses – it’s a far less contentious build all round.”