New live catch storage depots to replace old buildings at marina

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The demolition of two old buildings at Two Rocks marina will be staged to allow for commercial operations to continue from the site during the upgrade. Picture: Anita McInnes

NEW live catch storage depots will be built in the hard stand area at the Two Rocks marina once two old buildings are demolished as part of an upgrade due to start next month.

Department of Transport coastal facilities director Donna West said staged demolition of building A (the double story building) and building B (the single storey building) in the main hard stand area would allow for commercial operations to continue during the works and give the operators time to construct the new modern seafood receival depots.

“Following the completion of these works other commercial boating related activities will be considered in the hard stand area, with food vans able to be considered in areas adjacent to the hard stand area,’’ she said.

The $3 million contract for the demolition project has recently been awarded to the WA division of Australian company Delta and demolition of building B – due to start in September – is expected to be finished this year.

Demolition of building A is anticipated to start early next year with completion expected by the end of the 2021-22 financial year.

Ms West said a new public toilet block was part of the landscaping upgrade of the southern foreshore.

“These works are expected to occur in 2022 after the peak summer holiday period.

“As with most toilet facilities that cater for beach users and boaties, the toilet block will be within the marina carpark area, utilising the already available kerbed island space.’’

Staged demolition of building A (the double story building) and building B (the single storey building) in the main hard stand area will allow for commercial operations to continue during the upgrade. Graphic: Department of Transport

In response to safety concerns about putting the proposed toilet block in the middle of the car park Ms West said as part of the landscaping upgrade of the southern foreshore, there would be significant improvements to pedestrian walkway routes, footpaths and standing areas.

“Unlike the existing arrangement, these upgrades will ensure there is a clear marked route for pedestrians that will be walking near the boat ramp and using the toilet facilities.

“These routes, which include crosswalks, have been designed with safety in mind and will be properly marked and signed accordingly.

“Overall, the landscaping upgrade of the southern foreshore works will improve the safety for pedestrians using this area.’’

She said for functionality it was important the toilet block was located close to the existing boat ramp and the new barbecue and shelter areas that would be installed as part of the significant improvements to the southern foreshore.

The upgrade will include a new fire services network and increase the space available at the facility for boat lifting and maintenance activities.