On-site environmental investigations have today begun for the McGowan Government’s Spoilbank Marina project in Port Hedland.
The State Government has engaged consultants to assist in preparing the environmental impact assessment of the marina project, with O2 Marine to conduct field investigations in Port Hedland from today.
The work includes using a drop camera and side scan sonar to conduct a benthic habitat survey to identify if there are any habitats, such as coral reefs, that could potentially be impacted by construction of the marina.
Sediment samples within the project area will also be collected to investigate sediment quality and to provide input into ongoing dredge plume and sedimentation modelling studies.
The Spoilbank Marina projects includes boat pens, a four-lane boat ramp, two breakwaters and internal revetment walls and an access channel separating marina traffic from shipping activity.
It will also include public open recreational space and improved public access, parking, toilet facilities and areas for pop-up stalls.
Visit http://www.transport.wa.gov.au/phmarina for more information about the project.
As stated by Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
“It is very exciting to see the on-site investigations underway on this key McGowan Government election commitment for the Pilbara.
“The Port Hedland community will continue to be involved and informed as we do the work to protect the marine environment while ensuring we get the best possible outcomes in terms of community use and landside activation.
“We will continue our focus on delivering this commitment to the Port Hedland community.”
As stated by Pilbara MLA Kevin Michel:
“The McGowan Government has shown its commitment to Port Hedland through its investment in the Spoilbank Marina.
“This marina will create local jobs in Port Hedland during construction and during the operational phase while also meeting the needs of boat users in the wider Hedland area.
“It will also provide a new, attractive place to visit and recreate on the Port Hedland foreshore for visitors and locals, through the provision of public open recreational space and improved public access, parking, toilet facilities and areas for pop-up stalls.”