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$35 million commitment towards new Broome boating facility

Posted on January 12, 2021
  • New Entrance Point boating facility to overhaul existing boat access and provide new community and tourism asset
  • Four boat ramps, two finger jetties, car and trailer parking, public open space and interpretive activation of the area’s historic dinosaur footprints
  • $35 million contribution towards new boating facility, with McGowan Government to work with Shire of Broome to deliver job-creating project

A re-elected McGowan Labor Government will contribute $35 million towards a proposed new boating facility at Broome’s Entrance Point.

The planned new facility will overhaul Entrance Point’s ageing and inadequate boat ramps – addressing safety and access concerns and providing Broome with a new community and tourism asset.

If re-elected, the McGowan Government will partner with the Shire of Broome to deliver the project.

The facility is proposed to include four sheltered boat ramp lanes, two finger jetties, expanded parking for about 160 boat trailers and 60 cars, tour coach access and a detached breakwater.

It will include a landscaped precinct, public open space, fishing and viewing platforms, public artwork, amenities, multi-use marine recreation options, and space for a kiosk and food trucks.

The project will sensitively incorporate Entrance Point’s historic dinosaur footprints – with the development to preserve the rock formations and include interpretive opportunities to further activate the facility.

Comments attributed to Premier McGowan:

“Broome’s boating community has long-needed a new boat launching facility to address safety and access concerns and revitalise the Entrance Point precinct.

“This project will elevate Entrance Point into a quality community and tourism asset for Broome – providing a new public precinct for visitors and locals to recreate, fish and enjoy boating activities.

“The construction of the facility will create local jobs in a range of industries and help support Broome’s tourism and hospitality sector to support long term jobs and grow the Broome economy.”

Comments attributed to WA Labor Candidate Divina D’Anna:

“Mark McGowan and WA Labor recognise how important this long-needed project is – for our local boat users, the tourism industry and the wider community.

“This project will not only create local construction jobs in a range of trades in the near-term, but provide long-term, job-creating support to the Kimberley’s growing tourism sector and the wider regional economy.”