Upgrade for Two Rocks marina

The McGowan Government plans a $6 million upgrade at Two Rocks marina. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE long-term plan is for Two Rocks marina to provide visitors with an experience similar to that at Hillarys boat harbour which generates employment and millions of dollars for the economy each year, according to Transport Minister Rita Saffioti.

When Yanchep News Online visited the Two Rock marina on Sunday, September 17 most people there had some more basic requests for infrastructure at the popular marina.

Armando Carbone of Dianella said a public toilet block and a filleting station would be of great benefit to users of the marina.

He and a mate also thought some users would appreciate a public and private refueling facility.

Vince Campo of Madeley said families would benefit if some shelter was available.

Pete Coleman of Butler said a platform for people to fish from outside the marina and a café in the marina would be popular with visitors.

Quinns Rocks residents Stuart and Elaine Whelan were on their first visit to the marina to try out their new kayak with their children.

Mr Whelan said access to tap water was something he would have appreciated.

On Thursday, September 14 Ms Saffioti said during the next two years the McGowan Government planned a $6 million upgrade at the marina.

Ms Saffioti said the improvements were needed to address the marina’s ageing infrastructure, improve safety and provide a foundation for future redevelopment opportunities.

A community reference group will be established to look at the long-term vision for the facility, with a view to creating local jobs.

She said the Department of Transport, which took on the management of the run-down facility in 2014 following the expiry of a lease with a private operator, would use the funding to improve access and infrastructure.

The works will include demolition of condemned maritime structures, including the original fuel jetty, construction of relocated boat pens and the upgrading and maintenance of existing jetties.

It will also include reclamation within the harbour for future buildings, boat pens and car parking, priority repairs to the existing breakwater and priority maintenance to existing buildings.

“The Department of Transport is working closely with the City of Wanneroo to progress planning approval for the works,’’ she said.

More information about the upgrade will be available at the Phil Renkin Recreation Centre, 59 Lisford Ave, Two Rocks on October 11 between 5pm and 7.30pm.

There will also be an opportunity to register to be involved in a community reference group which will guide long-term planning and progress a vision for the redevelopment of the marina, which will include consideration of seagrass wrack accumulation and beach erosion around the marina.

Ms Saffioti said the proposed work was essential to return the marina  to the standard expected by the community.

“Population growth here has been significant and growth will continue over the next 20 years.

“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 long-term redevelopment and expansion at Two Rocks marina would complement the proposed Ocean Reef marina.

“The formation of a community reference group in the early stages plays a key role in ensuring community and user group interests and concerns are identified and addressed.”