$20m in funding for upgrading Exmouth Harbour

Exmouth

•Upgrade to extend the service wharf, with heavy lift facility and extra moorings

•Project makes the wharf more accessible

•140 new jobs to be created

The State Government has announced a major upgrade for Exmouth Boat Harbour, offering significant economic benefits for the Gascoyne region and expanding its capacity as a major supply and service base for the oil and gas sector.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman today announced $20 million in Royalties for Regions funds to extend the service wharf by constructing a heavy lift facility and adding moorings at the harbour.

The Minister said the upgraded facilities would create about 140 new jobs within existing operations.

“As the largest harbour in the region, Exmouth is well placed to be a service and support centre for the resources sector in the north,” Mr Redman said.

“This acknowledges Exmouth’s important role in supporting the growing maritime industry in the resource-rich Pilbara region.”

The announcement follows the Department of Transport’s completion of a $4.2 million pen upgrade at the harbour, which added 25 high-quality cyclone-rated pens for commercial and recreational use.

Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Government would continue to work with the Gascoyne Development Commission; Shire of Exmouth; the tourism, resources and fishing sectors; and other stakeholders to finalise the detailed design for the expansion. 

“By extending the service wharf and building a heavy lift facility, we should see better access to the wharf for loading/unloading, water and fuel,” Mr Nalder said.

“It will also diversify operations and employment with opportunities on top of the tourism and fishing industries.”  

 

Fact File

•The project is funded over two years. The first stage includes $5.4 million in 2014-15

•Tenders for the detailed design and planning will be called in 2014-15, with construction starting in 2015-16

•The day-to-day operation of the harbour is managed by the Department of Transport

•For more information, visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/exmouthpens

 

Regional Development Minister’s office - 6552 6700

Transport Minister’s office - 6552 6400

 

Source: Government of Western Australia