Perth’s northern suburbs will be home to the city’s first coastal pool, which has been unveiled as part of the long-awaited Ocean Reef Marina project.
- The coastal pool is expected to be open by 2025
- The overall project is expected to generate more than 9,000 jobs during construction
- Some locals remain strongly opposed to aspects of the development
The seawater pool, which will be large enough for swimming laps in, is expected to be completed by 2025.
The marina project was one of Labor’s 2017 election commitments.
The Government said it expected that when completed, the marina would be bigger and more modern than Hillarys Boat Harbour — one of the most popular tourist attractions in WA.
It will include land for new homes and a large retail and commercial space.
WA Premier Mark McGowan said the project would generate more then 8,000 jobs during construction and more than 900 jobs on an ongoing basis.
“[It’s] just what we needed as we come out of COVID,” he said.
Lands Minister Ben Wyatt said the first stage of construction would involve up to 26 hectares of land being cleared, and rocks placed in the water to create the breakwater.
The project would also feature a beach, up to 550 boat pens, 200 stackers, and residential development options.
While the project has been touted for decades, some locals are strongly against it, with the residential development plans among the most contentious aspects.
Spokesman for the Save Ocean Reef group, Peter Rogers, said locals were concerned about what the housing development would do to the local area.
“The scope of the housing that’s been put into this project is well beyond what the residents of Ocean Reef and the northern suburbs really wanted,” he said.
Mr Rogers said locals were concerned the housing density would increase without a corresponding rise in schools and other facilities.
“We question what our lifestyle is going to be like in the area,” he said.
The group is calling for a thorough review of the processes the Government’s central development agency, Development WA, has used in relation to the housing plans.
But Mr Wyatt said the residential component of the project would be rolled out over about a decade.
“You’ll have a project that really blends in nicely with the environment,” he said.
Mr Wyatt said the Government was also spending $6.5 million creating a new facility for local organisations, including the Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club.
In total, the Government said it had committed more than $126 million in funding over the life of the marina project, with expectations private and public sector investment would generate more than $900 million.
Hillarys Boat Harbour also initially attracted a large number of opponents when the project was first touted. However it is now popular with both locals and tourists, and the Government says it expects the same will happen with the Ocean Reef development.