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Green light for upgrade

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

Applause erupted in the City of Albany council chambers as councillors endorsed upgrades to the Emu Point Boat Pens at a council meeting on Tuesday night.

Emu Point boat owners and community members were elated with the unanimous decision which will see the debilitated moors transformed into a floating pontoon system.

To repair the infrastructure, the City will borrow $1.8 million from WA Treasury Corporation over 20 years. The upgrades will bring the boat pens in line with the Department of Transport-owned facilities also at Emu Point and at the Albany marina.

Fees and charges for the completed project are expected to jump to about $380 a metre a year, compared with $215 a metre a year.

Speaking to the council, Cr Ray Hammond said it had been an arduous journey to upgrade the infrastructure but they had reached the “desired outcome”.

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“The development will provide benefits on many fronts,” he said.

Councillors will also vote on whether to accept the tender for the works from Sydney-owned SMC Marine.

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