Western Australia Minister for Transport Bill Marmion
New Exmouth Jetty Pens To Benefit Boat Users
Victor P Taffa
- $1.4 Million project provides 14 new boat pens
- Design of new ‘finger’ jetties to benefit boat users
- Project completed in tandem with $18.2 Million Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade
Work is complete on the latest phase of jetty and pen improvements at Exmouth Boat Harbour, continuing the Liberal National Government’s commitment to quality facilities for boat users in Western Australia’s regional areas.
Transport Minister Bill Marmion said the $1.4 Million project had added 14 new boat pens to Jetty B, located on the northern side of the harbour.
“These works are phase two of the Exmouth jetty and pen improvement project, with the boat pens created along seven new ‘finger’ jetties.” Mr. Marmion said.
“Boat users will benefit from improved design, with the jetties extending the entire length of the pen to assist loading, unloading and general access.”
“The project was undertaken in conjunction with the current $18.275 Million Exmouth Boat Harbour upgrade, which will significantly increase capacity at the facility.” Mr. Marmion said.
“There a number of boat users who access the harbour on a casual basis as well as transient recreational boaters increasing the pen capacity will ensure those who want to use the facility can do so easily and safely.”
To facilitate the Jetty B works, removal of the cyclone-damaged Jetty A was required.
“The removal of Jetty A, which was beyond repair, clears the way for its future replacement which will add a further 26 new pens, significantly improving safety and capacity for users.” Mr. Marmion said.
Jetty B was constructed as part of the initial phase of the pen improvement project in 2012 at a cost of $3.6 Million.
- 14 new pens on Jetty B range from 12 to 15 metre berths
- Exmouth Boat Harbour has 61 boat pens of which 49 are allocated to permanent pen holders
- Apart from pen holders, the service wharf accommodates commercial/resource vessels to fuel, and to load and unload cargo