Pilbara Ports Authority has awarded a $10 million earthworks contract to Queensland-based civil engineering contractor MGN Civil.
The earth-working contract, part of the Stage 2a Port Hedland Spoilbank Marina development project, includes constructing the marina basin footprint and establish ground levels.
MGN Civil has committed to sourcing 80 per cent of contractors and suppliers from the Pilbara.
MGN Civil has also recently been awarded the $33 million contract for Stage 2c, which will include the construction of breakwaters to protect the marina from rough ocean conditions.
The tender for Stage 3, to design and construct marine structures including the boat ramp and marina pens, is currently advertised on the Tenders WA website.
The Spoilbank Marina project will transform Port Hedland’s waterfront into a popular destination for locals and visitors.
When complete, the new marina will include a four-lane boat ramp, 21 boat pen marina with the capacity to expand to 80 pens, trailer parking for up to 200 vehicles, and public amenities.
The marina will alleviate demand on existing boat launching facilities, as well as improve boating safety, with a separate entrance channel created to the main shipping channel.
Western Australia Transport and Ports Minister Rita Saffiot said the start of earthworks marked the beginning of the transformation of the long-awaited Spoilbank Marina.
“The Spoilbank Marina will become a vibrant place for the local community and tourists to visit and enjoy Western Australia’s beautiful coastline.
The commencement of the major earthworks follows the successful completion of Stage 1, where roads were upgraded to enable materials to be safely transported to the construction site, as well as creating a future gateway to the new marina.
Aboriginal-owned business Garli had delivered the major contract for Stage 1, valued at $4 million, with nine of the 26 jobs created filled by First Nations people including participation by the traditional owners, the Kariyarra people.