All aboard – $7 million for Carnarvon Fascine solution

  • ​$7 million to remedy access issues at fascine in Carnarvon
  • Immediate measures to be implemented including fee relief for relocated vessels  
  • Plan to provide long term options for permanent access being finalised
  • Investment part of the McGowan Government’s $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan  
  • The McGowan Government has allocated $7 million to help solve access issues at the Carnarvon Fascine as part of the $5.5 billion WA Recovery Plan.

    The funding will see immediate measures implemented to assist with access to the fascine, a long standing issue for Carnarvon residents and visitors.

    The $7 million will also go towards delivering a permanent solution for access from options developed by the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee.

    Immediate measures to be implemented in the short term to improve access and provide relief to boat users include:

    • regular movement of the channel markers to ensure boats can safely use the deepest water;
    • bringing forward increased mooring infrastructure at the Carnarvon Boat Harbour;
    • boat owners currently paying fees in the fascine waterway will stay ‘fee free’ at the boat harbour until they can return to the fascine; and
    • provide overland relocation for vessels not able to exit the waterway on their own.

    Specialised equipment will be installed next month to collect further data that can be used with recent hydrographic survey results – while necessary environmental approvals are sought – to finalise a plan for the fascine to provide year-round access to the waterway for all craft.

    A study identifying options for optimal permanent solutions to Fascine access issues has been recently completed by the Shire of Carnarvon and the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee has been established to help advance and guide the project.

    Members of the Fascine Entryway Project Steering Committee include representatives from the Shire of Carnarvon, the Department of Transport, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Carnarvon Yacht Club

    The Carnarvon Fascine project was identified as a worthy recipient as part of $300 million in community and sports infrastructure funding allocated across Western Australia to generate work for local small businesses and contractors.

    Visit https://www.inthistogether.wa.gov.au for information about other projects.

    As stated by Transport Minister Rita Saffioti:

    “Access issues for the Carnarvon fascine have been an ongoing issue – we know how important being able to access the water is for residents and tourists that visit the region.

    “That’s why we’ve allocated $7 million of funding to provide immediate assistance and to fund a long-term solution to the access issues at the Fascine.

    “We have worked collaboratively with the Shire of Carnarvon to get to this point and will continue to work with them and all key stakeholders on the process towards a long term fix.”

    As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:

    “The Shire of Carnarvon, the Department of Transport, the Gascoyne Development Commission and the Carnarvon Yacht Club have shown their commitment to a finding a long-term solution to this problem that has beset Carnarvon for many years.

    “The dedicated work of these groups in implementing an earlier trial dredging campaign is acknowledged and demonstrates the level of community support for a solution to the problem.”

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