Marina finally set to launch

Sam JonesNorth West Telegraph

Designs have been finalised for the highly anticipated $121.5 million Spoilbank Marina development, which will see the Port Hedland coast transformed into one of the premier waterfronts precincts of the North West.

Included in the design is a four-lane boat ramp, a 21-boat-pen marina with capacity to expand to 80 pens in the future, trailer parking for up to 200 vehicles, a publicly accessible breakwater and an event space with amenities.

Announced by the State Government this morning, the project has been something of a boogie man in Hedland — after first being talked about 20 years ago, the marina has seen multiple reincarnations, including the most recent plan, which was scrapped in 2014 because of environmental concerns.

Following consultation with the community and traditional owners, the final design has been expanded to include construction of a public fishing jetty, water feature and shaded swimming beach node.

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A request for proposals to complete marine works will be advertised in late July, with final tenders expected to be awarded in October.

Early works are expected to begin in October, with an estimated 221 direct jobs to be created during the two-year build.

The total construction budget is $121.5 million, and the State Government has set aside an additional $15 million towards operating the marina. The Town of Port Hedland will contribute $37.5 million towards the project.

Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel, who chaired the Spoilbank Marina Community Reference Group, will host a community open day at Port Hedland Yacht Club this Friday.

Community members are invited to visit the yacht club between 11.30am and 1pm to meet the project team and learn more about the development.

Minister MacTiernan will also hold a local contractors’ forum in Hedland on Friday to discuss work opportunities on the job-creating project with potential local contractors and sub-contractors.

Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel said he was pleased to deliver on the project, which had been talked about for more than 20 years. “This project will not only give Hedland fantastic boating facilities but create a whole new waterfront public recreational space, where the Hedland community and its visitors can attend cultural events, markets and or just go to relax,” he said.

“The two-year construction period also provides a welcome economic stimulus and boost to local business confidence following disruption because of COVID-19. “Along with the total $126.6 million investment and 221 direct jobs, the additional flow-on effect from this build to the local economy is estimated to be in the region of $66 million,” Mr Michael said.

Ms MacTiernan said the marina would significantly improve access and safety for boaties in Hedland. It would also also create new amenity for the town.

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