Ertech to build Onslow marina

17/09/2021 - 15:00


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Wangara business Ertech has won a $20.4 million contract from the state government to build a new marina at Onslow.

Ertech will begin stage one works on the new Onslow marina next month. Photo: Department of Transport

Wangara business Ertech has won a $20.4 million contract from the state government to build a new marina at Onslow.

Stage one of the project, worth $9.2 million, includes the construction of a new two-lane boat launching ramp with a central floating jetty, as well as dredging and earthworks.

Ertech will begin work next month, with the new ramp expected to be completed by mid-2022.

The Shire of Ashburton is contributing $7.9 million to stage one of the project, with the remaining funds coming from the federal and state governments.

The project is being led by the Department of Transport, which confirmed stage two had been allowed for within Ertech's $20.4 million contract but was currently unfunded.

Stage two includes the construction of floating boat pens, sealed roads and car parks, and other community infrastructure.

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti said the overall project would create modern boating facilities and support local jobs.

"The Pilbara region has a high recreational boat ownership rate of 70 vessels per 1,000 people, and this project will provide new boating facilities for both local and visiting boaties as more people choose to holiday at home in WA,” she said.

The Onslow contract comes two weeks after Ertech and listed subsidiary Duratec won a $52 million contract from the federal government to extend and upgrade the HMAS Stirling Oxley Wharf.

The joint venture will lead the design and construction of a 138-metre wharf extension and 25-metre-wide wharf deck, to be held up by tubular steel piles.

Minister for Defence Melissa Price said the project would support up to 75 construction jobs.

“The new construction works in Perth will support the mooring and berthing of the new Hunter Class Frigates, Arafura Class Offshore Patrol Vessels and other Royal Australian Navy vessels,” she said.

“It is a significant win for local businesses and shows the vast array of opportunities stemming from our government’s investments in shipbuilding in WA.

“There will also be employment opportunities through the supply chain and off-site manufacturing.”

Designs will be finalised in early 2022, with on-site construction to start shortly after.

The project forms part of a $2.1 billion program to deliver maritime and landside facilities to Australian naval bases.

Ertech remains a major shareholder in Duratec, which closed up 8.9 per cent on the ASX today to trade at 43 cents.


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