NOV 21: New Harbour opens in Augusta

MARINA

  • •$36.47 million Augusta boat harbour catering for locals and visiting boaties
  • •Boost for tourism and commercial industry
  • •40 boat pens, 160 trailer parking bays and four-lane boat launch facilities  
A new $36.47 million Augusta boat harbour, officially opened today by Premier Colin Barnett and Regional Development Minister Terry Redman, will offer sheltered water and service facilities to thousands of commercial and recreational boaties in the South-West.
 
The Augusta Boat Harbour, made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, includes a four-lane boat launching facility, floating finger jetties and 40 boat pens.
 
Mr Barnett said the harbour would provide a much-needed safe haven for vessels navigating the rugged coastline between Albany and Busselton.
 
“About 30 per cent of the State’s regional recreational boating fleet is based in the South-West, and that is likely to grow from 13,000 to more than 22,000 boats over the next 15 years,” he said.
 
“This new facility will also support the region’s commercial and tourism fleet.  The Government has ensured there is room to increase the number of pens and to accommodate commercial development as demand inevitably grows.”
 
The new harbour will include car and trailer parking for more than 200 vehicles, four fully serviced lots for retail development, an amenities building and pavilion, security, lighting, paths and landscaping.  It will also serve as a regional base for sea search and rescue operations, supported by the Augusta airstrip.
 
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the flow-on effects from the harbour would bring economic and social benefits to the Augusta community and the entire South-West.
 
“The need for a safe anchorage in Augusta was first recognised by the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River and the Government almost 20 years ago and this new harbour is the culmination of years of hard work and planning by a dedicated group,” Mr Redman said.
 
Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the Department of Transport (DoT) had demonstrated its considerable expertise in delivering the project on budget and it would be an additional asset in DoT’s State-wide network of facilities.
 
      
Fact File
  • Construction of the new harbour began in October 2011.  It involved the creation of 600 metre and 150m-long breakwaters using 500,000 tonnes of granite from the onsite quarry and 40,000 cubic metres of imported sand fill
  • Funded with $34.6 million from Royalties for Regions and $1.87 million from the Maritime Facilities Program and the Recreational Boating Facilities Scheme 
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