Day Opens Port Kennedy Boating Facility

Day Opens Port Kennedy Boating Facility

Western Australia Minister for Planning John Day

Port Kennedy Boat Launching Facility Officially Opened

Victor P Taffa

Thousands of Recreational Seafarers and South Metropolitan Coastline Users will benefit from a Multi-Million Dollar Public Boat-Launching Facility at Port Kennedy, opened today by Planning Minister John Day.

“This Long-awaited Piece of Infrastructure, featuring a two-lane boat ramp and central finger jetty, is a major boost for the burgeoning residential and tourism precinct at Port Kennedy.” Mr. Day said.

“An 80-bay Sealed Car Park, complete with pick-up and drop-off points, and a wash-down area, is sure to be a popular facility for recreational boat users and fishers.”

“While the Southern Suburbs have waited a long time for the boat ramp and jetty to arrive, the outstanding quality and functionality of the new facility should make the wait worthwhile.” Mr. Day said.



The facility will cater for vessels up to eight metres in length, giving boat skippers a ready and safe entry-exit link with the Indian Ocean in the South-Eastern corner of Warnbro Sound.

Minister Day acknowledged the work of the Port Kennedy Management Board and its Chairman, Phil Edman MLC, in advancing the Project.

A Boating Exclusion Zone has been created over an adjacent seagrass habitat offshore from Port Kennedy, an area which serves as a fish nursery, juvenile whitebait breeding ground and feeding ground for Rockingham’s famous Little Penguins.

The Port Kennedy Project provides for a three-stage development and was made possible through a State Agreement signed in 1992.  The agreement allowed the State Government to grant 10.7 hectares of crown land in exchange for $19 Million worth of Public Works under Stage-One to the Western Australian Beach and Golf Resorts (WABGR) for their Kennedy Bay development. The Project Manager is Mirvac.

“Continuing Public Works under Stage-One of the development include the upgrade of the local Scientific Park, upgrade of the foreshore area incorporating a boardwalk network, and access to Port Kennedy’s Western Beach Area.” Mr. Day said.

“The overall project will provide an integrated coastal holiday-style development with high quality tourism, commercial, residential, recreation and leisure opportunities for the broader community to enjoy.” Mr. Day said.