Western Australia Minister for Transport Simon O’Brien
Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls
Broome Boating Facility Proposal Released
Victor P Taffa
The Liberal-National Government is delivering on its $35 Million commitment to enhance Broome’s Boating Infrastructure.
Transport Minister Simon O’Brien and Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls today formally released the facility’s blueprint to the public.
Mr. O’Brien said the new boating infrastructure project, to be located in West Roebuck Bay, would meet the needs of the small craft fleet in Broome.
“The Proposed Facility is planned to include a Major Boat-Launching Ramp, an Offshore Sheltering Breakwater, Dredged Basin and a Floating Jetty.” Mr. O’Brien said.
“The breakwater will ensure the ramp can be used in most normal wind conditions and, being adjacent to the existing port’s boat repair area, will provide access for wheeled jinkers for the retrieval of bigger boats in the event of a cyclone.”
Mr. Grylls welcomed the next stage of the Royalties for Regions’ funded process, saying it was a significant step forward in delivering improved boating facilities to Broome.
“It is important that we continue to invest in regional areas. Every dollar spent has numerous positive flow on effects, from supporting jobs, to, in the case of this project, providing enhanced boating facilities for locals and tourists alike.” Mr. Grylls said.
Project managers, the Department of Transport, anticipate tenders for construction could be called in late 2011, following successful investigation, design and approval phases.
Initial feedback will be provided by a recently formed working group, with further community comment to be sought in the coming month.