After decades of deliberation, the Ocean Reef harbour redevelopment will proceed, transforming the northern suburb of Perth into an international waterfront precinct replete with several water-based facilities and public space elements.
Situated 35km north of Perth, a recent survey from the Ocean Reef residents in the City of Joondalup indicated that 93% of the 12,000 respondents were in favour of the harbour's redevelopment. With a desire for job creation and the tourism benefits that the development will bring to the area, the McGowan Government has announced it will be committing $120 million to the marina project.
“Ocean Reef Marina represents a rare opportunity to transform existing facilities into a world-class tourism and recreational facility, providing a major boost to jobs in the northern suburbs,” Premier McGowan said.
The redevelopment plans indicate that the existing boat harbour will have several current facilities relocated close by to make way for 550 boat pens, additional boat stackers and associated trailer parking to cater for the significant demand for boating facilities in the northern suburbs.
In addition, the marina will be part of a larger mixed-use facility that will see the construction of tree-lined waterparks, boardwalks, cafes, restaurants, luxury hotels, residential apartments with stunning ocean views, an amphitheatre and several other water-based amenities. In total, eight hectares will be dedicated to public space elements for the community.
Minister for Lands, Rita Saffioti, believes the development will help transform the area into a world class tourism, community and employment hub.
"This will eventually become an iconic, must-see destination for Perth and will prove an asset for locals, visitors and recreational boaters alike," she said.
"Ocean Reef Marina is a medium to long term commitment to create hundreds of jobs and provide valuable infrastructure where people live.”
Joondalup mayor Troy Pickard is also ready to support the Ocean Reef development, citing that the city has seen massive growth and change over the last two decades and will continue to benefit from this mixed-use facility.
“The development will service the local community and attract visitors and tourists well into the future as well as adding to the social fabric of the City of Joondalup,” Pickard said.
The State Government would seek more than $500 million in contributions from private investors and Commonwealth funding and have started by pledging $35 million to be allocated from the 2017-18 State Budget.
The State Government’s LandCorp will lead the development, working with the City of Joondalup to deliver the project, including the finalisation of all planning requirements and an environmental review.
The Ocean Reef Harbour redevelopment is expected to begin construction in 2020 and be completed by 2029.