Breakwater crossing creates new entry to Ocean Reef Marina

Construction of a world-class marina at Ocean Reef has reached another key milestone with the crossing of the new breakwaters at the multimillion-dollar project, which will create a safer, more accessible waterside entry for harbour users.

Work on the new $62 million breakwaters began in February last year, creating some 56 local construction jobs.

The Southern breakwater is due to reach its final length of 1.18 kilometres in the first quarter of 2022 following the Northern breakwater reaching its final length in October last year. Work will then commence on bringing the breakwaters up to their final height of up to 18.5 metres from the ocean floor.

When complete, the new breakwaters will comprise approximately 650,000 tonnes of limestone - the majority of which has been sourced locally from DevelopmentWA's Neerabup quarry. This has unlocked 25 hectares of land for development in the neighbouring Meridian Park industrial estate, supporting the creation of 550 ongoing local jobs.

Another 300,000 tonnes of granite will be required which has predominantly been quarried in Byford by Western Australian company WA Bluemetal Quarries, creating 10 new jobs.

Following the crossover, the removal of the existing harbour breakwater has now commenced with all rocks being reused in the new breakwaters.

The successful crossing is the latest in a year of significant 2021 milestones for the Ocean Reef Marina project, including:

  • opening of the $2.3 million, 380 metre Hodges Drive extension as the main entrance to the marina, creating 40 new jobs; and
  • completion of Australia's largest ever Roe's abalone translocation program with approximately 170,000 abalone carefully moved to other fisheries in the metropolitan area.

The new Ocean Reef Marina will include Perth's first coastal pool and a beach within the protection of the Marina, as well as capacity for 550 boat pens, 200 boat stackers, boat ramps and trailer parking.

Around 1,000 residential dwellings are also planned for the Marina precinct across a range of housing types including single residential homesites, apartments and mixed-use developments.

In total, this iconic development will generate around 8,600 construction and 900 ongoing jobs.

Ocean Reef Marina is a State Government project being delivered by DevelopmentWA in collaboration with the City of Joondalup.

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