A $2.3 million extension to Hodges Drive that will eventually become the main entrance to the new Ocean Reef Marina has been officially opened.
In the initial stage of building the world class marina, the DevelopmentWA led project saw the creation of a 380m dual carriageway extension to the existing Hodges Drive.
The carriageway was completed in eight months and created 40 new local jobs.
It will allow Ocean Reef Sea Sports Club, Marine Rescue Whitfords and Joondalup City RSL members as well as other visitors and boat harbour users to travel within the area more easily.
Boat Harbour Quays, the original road leading into the harbour, has also been realigned providing a new access close to the existing boat ramps and trailer parking area.
Extensive quality landscaping has been undertaken, while protecting the Bush Forever sites adjacent to the road extension remains a high priority with retaining walls installed to prevent erosion of the natural bushland.
Over the next 18 months, work on the breakwaters will see the placement of 950,000 tonnes of locally sourced limestone and granite.
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.
More than 1,000 residential dwellings are also planned for the marina precinct across a range of housing types, including single residential home-sites, apartments and mixed-use developments.