Survey open on Two Rocks marina plans

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Plans of what is proposed for the Two Rocks marina are available at a number of places including Sun City Yacht Club, DoT at Two Rocks marina, Two Rocks Tavern, Two Rocks IGA. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE opportunity to have a say on the Two Rocks marina draft master plan is available now until Thursday, August 15.

The survey asks respondents to indicate which of the following aspects they support and which concern them: improved boat launching facilities and parking, new cafes and restaurants, short stay accommodation, new marine services hub, opportunities for tourism, opportunities for charter boats and marine tourism, swimming beach, resolve the seagrass wrack issue, resolve the erosion issue, an ocean pool, new pens, residential lots, improved yacht club facilities, new pathways and access as well as new parks and open space.

The survey also asks where the respondent lives and how often they visit the marina.

You can view the proposed plans during opening hours at Sun City Yacht Club, DoT at Two Rocks marina, Two Rocks Tavern, Two Rocks IGA, Yanchep and Two Rocks Library and the City of Wanneroo administration centre.

The master plan is a long-term vision for the future of the existing marina, which is managed by the  Department of Transport following the expiry of a long-term lease with a private operator in 2014.

The department has been progressively funding minor upgrades to the ageing infrastructure since that time.

In 2017 Planning and Transport Minister Rita Saffioti established the Two Rocks marina redevelopment reference group, which has played a key role in developing the draft master plan, ensuring community and user group interests and concerns were identified and addressed.

The master plan aims to establish the marina as a tourism hub and build on the successful maritime and crayfishing industry activities to create jobs as the development progresses.

The centrepiece of the plan is a new entertainment and recreation precinct, with a pedestrian bridge extending over the water forming the limits of a protected swimming beach.

An eight-lane boat launching facility, parks and additional public spaces are also part of the long-term vision.

Longer term proposals for the marina will also help to reduce local environmental challenges such as seaweed build-up and erosion.

The marina is currently undergoing $6 million worth of upgrades including breakwater improvements and the demolition of ageing maritime structures, including the original fuel jetty and the construction of a small number of relocated boat pens.

On Thursday, July 4 Ms Saffioti said the release of the draft master plan for public comment marked a significant milestone in developing a long-term blueprint to optimise the potential of the marina. 

“Perth’s northern suburbs are growing rapidly and the Two Rocks marina is well positioned to accommodate future demand and provide the local community with safe maritime facilities, access to the ocean and to generate economic opportunities and jobs in construction, retail and tourism.

Butler MLA John Quigley said the marina was well placed to become a major tourism attraction in the northern suburbs and create new opportunities for workers and businesses.

For more information and to have your say visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/two-rocks-projects