Ocean Reef Marina
State Government commits to the Ocean Reef Marina Project
The State Government has announced that it would take over the lead role in delivering the Ocean Reef Marina project.
Minister for Lands, Hon Terry Redman MLA, made the announcement at the Ocean Reef Marina site on Sunday 18 September 2016 stating that the State Government, through LandCorp, would work with the City to bring the development to fruition. The City, State Government and LandCorp will soon sign a new Memorandum of Understanding to formalise the partnership. The Joondalup Council endorsed the execution of the new Memorandum of Understanding at its meeting held on 20 September 2016.
At its October 2015 meeting, Joondalup Council endorsed requesting the State Government to 'initiate action .... to assume the role of proponent for the Ocean Reef Marina project'.
The City has always maintained it does not have the capacity or resources to build the Ocean Reef Marina on its own and that it would need the State Government or a public/private partnership to develop the facility. The recent announcement by Minister Redman is the most significant milestone achieved in the history of the Ocean Reef Marina project.
The City will continue to progress the environmental and planning approvals for the Ocean Reef Marina via an amendment to the Metropolitan Region Scheme boundary and a Public Environmental Review of the marine based components of the development. The relevant documents have been submitted to the Environmental Protection Authority for consideration and approval to release for public comment.
The City has completed the complex and necessary preparatory work on the Ocean Reef Marina and is looking forward to working with LandCorp and all stakeholders to produce an approved, financially viable and public supported project that is delivered in accordance with community expectations.
The City has championed the Ocean Reef Marina over a number of years and has reached a number of significant milestones including:
- Establishment of the Ocean Reef Marina Community Reference Group and the Ocean Reef Marina Government Steering Committee who contributed to the development of the concept plan (2007)
- Consultation indicating 96 per cent of respondents approved the concept plan (2009)
- Signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the State Government and the identification of the Ocean Reef Marina as major project under the State Government's lead agency framework (2012)
- Completion of almost 100 different environmental and planning studies/investigations/analyses (2009 - 2016)
- Commencement of the planning and environmental approvals processes (2013)
- Request that the State Government consider assuming the lead role in the project (2015)
- LandCorp review of the concept plan and financial feasibility (2016).
- State Government announces it will take over the lead role for the development (2016).
The City is seeking State Government environmental planning and environmental approval for the marina through a:
The community will be able to view and provide comment on both the MRS amendment and the PER when they are advertised for public submissions. All submissions will be reviewed by the Western Australian Planning Commission (MRS amendment) and the Environmental Protection Authority (PER), with the City providing additional information as required. Subject to the appeals process and determination of appeals, a decision on the MRS amendment and PER is expected by early 2018.
The draft preliminary Ocean Reef Marina Structure Plan will also be made available to the community to view. The final Ocean Reef Marina Structure Plan will be formally submitted for consideration following the finalisation of the PER and MRS assessment processes. The community will be able to make formal submissions and comment at that time.
Working together, LandCorp and the City will prepare a comprehensive and detailed business case for consideration by the State Government. If approved, LandCorp will be the State Government agency charged with implementing the project.
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