Spoilbank Marina ramped up

Daneka HillNorth West Telegraph
Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel MLA, Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and WA Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan
Camera IconMember for Pilbara Kevin Michel MLA, Premier of Western Australia Mark McGowan and WA Minister for Regional Development Alannah MacTiernan Credit: North West Telegraph/Daneka Hill

Port Hedland’s long-awaited Spoilbank Marina has had several crucial design changes after public feedback indicated a need for a bigger and better facility.

The original two-lane boat ramp has been expanded to four lanes, the planned 40 boat pens doubled to 80 and the harbour basin widened.

Premier Mark McGowan visited Spoilbank last week with Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan to announce the changes.

“One of the things the local community is very keen on is the expanded boat ramp,” he said.

“It will significantly enhance the ease of access and reduce the time people have to wait.”

The final design for Spoilbank Marina is expected to be completed within months after seven years of negotiations and planning from different governments.

Mr McGowan said he was looking forward to starting construction next year.

Ms MacTiernan said expanding the facility made sense because of the large boating community in the region.

“Sometimes they will be tidally constrained, so more people need to be able to get out at the peak times,” she said.

“We very much got that feedback at the last public meeting that we had and we’ve gone back to do some of the complex engineering to make sure this can be done safety.”

Member for Pilbara Kevin Michel was involved with collecting public feedback and thanked the Premier and Minister for listening to the community.

“This will make a big difference to the final design of the marina,” he said.

“It is going to be one of the best marina’s in the North-West.”

Ms MacTiernan said the expansion did prompt concern from industry and port operators but issues were smoothed over in consultations.

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