Marina upgrade also benefits sea rescue

An upgrade at Two Rocks marina has doubled the launching capacity of the marina.

MORE boaters will be able to use the Two Rocks marina following the completion of an upgrade.

Wanneroo Mayor Tracey Roberts said the $1.2 million upgrade, funded by the State Government, would significantly benefit boat owners and the volunteer marine rescue.

“Enjoying the terrific maritime environment is a big part of the Wanneroo lifestyle and this upgrade will benefit many locals including our Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group,” she said.

“The Two Rocks Volunteer Marine Rescue Group is a not for profit organisation and has provided assistance to the Western Australian boating public since 1991.

“The group is operated by those who willingly dedicate their time to provide on-the-water assistance, radio coverage, finance reporting, training and maintenance of equipment for the local and wider community.

“They rescue and help vessels in distress and it is vitally important they have the facilities they need to do their job effectively.”

She said work at the marina included upgrading the car park, widening the boat ramp and installing a new central floating jetty, as well as new access paths, solar lighting and signage upgrades.

“Our northern corridor is a rapidly growing, thriving community and the city is extremely pleased to see the completion of upgrades at this popular and important facility.’’

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the $1.2 million staged project, which doubled capacity at the marina, was completed on time and under budget.

Mr Nalder said in addition to the stage one and stage two works, a new 18-metre boat pontoon would be built 75m north of the expanded boat ramp allowing better and safer access to and from boats at peak times.

Stage one works, completed last July, more than doubled the parking area resulting in a significant increase in marked bays from 38 to 99 and introduced traffic management measures to facilitate queuing and ease congestion.

Stage two, partly funded by the recreational boating facilities scheme resulted in the boat ramp widened to two distinct lanes, installation of a central 50m floating jetty, realignment of the revetment wall, new access paths, solar lighting and signage upgrades.

He said careful consideration of the works program had helped maintain access to the facility for the duration of the construction period.

“The patience of users during construction is now rewarded with this wonderful, much improved facility,” he said.

“Completion of the extra pontoon will further enhance the operations of the local volunteer marine rescue group, which has experienced difficulties using the existing outdated jetty.

The jetty will be demolished after the installation of the new pontoon, which is expected in May 2016.”