Construction information and updates

On this page you will find information and updates about the breakwater construction works as part of the Ocean Reef Marina project.

What's happening now

Work is underway to construct two new breakwaters (northern and southern) at Ocean Reef Marina. Two local WA businesses – WA Limestone and Italia Stone Group – are undertaking the works.

The northern breakwater reached its final length of 645m in early October 2021. The northern breakwater will now be built up to its final height of around 18.5m from the ocean floor. Work is ongoing at the southern breakwater, with its final length of 1.18km expected to be reached in the first quarter of 2022.

The two breakwaters crossed on 20 December 2021. Works have commenced to remove the existing breakwater and all rocks are being reused in the new breakwaters.

Connected to the shoreline, the breakwaters extend offshore and will provide calm waters within the marina development.

As safety of the community is paramount, the existing breakwaters are fenced off and no longer accessible for public access or fishing. Access to the current harbour and boat ramp has been maintained.

The Contractor will shutdown for the Christmas period between 23 December 2021 and 4 January 2022. The site will remain secure and will undergo 24-hour surveillance. Any suspicious activity should be reported to WA Police.

Breakwater construction commenced in April 2021 and is expected to be complete by mid-late 2022.

All works will be carried out between the hours of 7am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday. This includes movement of trucks to and from the sites. In the unlikely event that work needs to take place outside of these hours, we will inform the community in advance of these changes.

For more information on truck movements to and from site, download our Truck Movements Fact Sheet

Earthworks at the northern end of the project, near Resolute Way roundabout, were completed in March 2021. These works were necessary to create an access point for limestone and granite deliveries, and a construction zone for the northern breakwater.

The stockpiles of sand at the northern breakwater site have been hyrdomulched (a protective layer) to stabilise the site as part of the project’s dust management plan.

Construction of the northern breakwater commenced late April 2021. Click to view the progress of the northern breakwater. The northern breakwater reached its final length of 645m in early October 2021. The northern breakwater will now be built up to its final height of around 18.5m from the ocean floor.

Trucks are accessing the northern breakwater site via the Resolute Way roundabout. For more information on truck movements to and from site, download our Truck Movements Fact Sheet.


Earthworks were completed at the southern end of the project in March 2021, with the construction zone established to the south of the existing boat ramp.

The project site office is operational, and construction of the southern breakwater commenced mid-April 2021. Work is ongoing at the southern breakwater, with its final length of 1.18km expected to be reached in the first quarter of 2022. Click to view the progress of the southern breakwater.

Trucks are accessing the southern breakwater site via the new, reconfigured Boat Harbour Quays intersection. For more information on truck movements to and from site, download our Truck Movements Fact Sheet.

Public Safety

Over the past few months, a number of trespassers have been witnessed accessing the construction zone, primarily to fish off the existing or new breakwaters. Access to the construction zone is prohibited. WA Police and the City of Joondalup security have been notified, and are conducting regular inspections and working with the project team to ensure exclusion areas are not accessed by anyone unauthorised. Trespassers to the site may be prosecuted.

Marine Exclusion Zone

A monitored 50m ‘Exclusion Zone’ is in place around the breakwater construction area, to maintain the safety of everyone undertaking recreational sea sports, from boating to fishing. A 20m exclusion zone is now in place around the ends of the breakwaters.

A flashing buoy will sit 100m from the tips of the breakwaters and move as work progresses.

Both the WA Water Police and City of Joondalup rangers are working with the project team to ensure these exclusion areas are not accessed by community members.

For further information, visit https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/perth-notices.asp

Wind and Kite Boarding Prohibited

As at 23 December 2021, both wind and kite boarding activities are banned in the marina. For further information, visit Gazette 215 of 2021 (legislation.wa.gov.au) or view the Marine Safety Facebook post.

Every two years, the Department of Transport dredge the entrance to the Ocean Reef Harbour for safe passage by smaller vessels.

As the harbour is located within Ocean Reef Marina development area, DevelopmentWA has taken over maintenance responsibility from the Department of Transport, including the dredging.

The dredging of the harbour was undertaken between 22 November and 24 December 2021.

These works were undertaken by the Ocean Reef Marina breakwater construction Contractor as the equipment and personnel required to complete the works are already on site. The Contractor will use land-based equipment, including a long reach excavator working from the end of the existing breakwater, to complete the works.

Access to the boat ramp was maintained at all times.

Approvals

The dredging is not governed by the marina development approvals. A Dredging Environmental Impact Assessment has been undertaken which assesses and evaluates the potential environmental risks associated with the maintenance dredging campaign. The assessment outlines the impacts of the dredging can be adequately managed through the Contractor’s Construction Environmental Management Plan (CEMP) with additional notifications to the public, including a Notice to Mariners which is managed by the Department of Transport. The notice can be viewed at Perth notices (transport.wa.gov.au)

The Department of Water and Environment Regulation reviewed the Dredging Environmental Impact Assessment and confirmed it was acceptable to complete these dredging works.

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