Ocean Magazine : 2 July August 2005
As previously written Western Australia has been a recognised training ground for many of those associated with the top end of the Australian Marine Industry and it is pleasing to see projects developing here that will let the experienced stay at home. A downturn in the lobster industry has seen some companies battle to stay afloat but the terrific expansion of the tourism industry in the State's north has seen an influx of vessels this year, as never seen before. For starters just have a look at: www.westernaustralia.com and search for North West. And, about an hour south of Perth, Mandurah, seems to be the fastest growing regional centre in Australia and the values are amazing. A few years ago, a weekend cottage could be bought down there for under $100,000 but now you will need 3 to four time that to buy anything. And it's a region on the water. Not only is the popular area along side the Estuary and coast, but the development of many canal home sites, has been a bonanza for the developers. Along with the residential development, several new marinas have been built and the reputation for Mandurah crabs makes it a certainty these marinas will be busy. There is also the Mandurah Boat Show which is proving very popular and we will feature more news on this in the next issue And, commenting on marinas, just South of Fremantle, a new development including a marina, residential land, apartments, restaurants and shops has recently been given the green light by the State Government, and this will finally add some attractions to the dreary beach south of the popular coastal port. Over the next few issues, we will give some in depth information on these happenings and hopefully, if the rumours are true, a new State Government plan to assist the blossoming tourist industry in our unique North. THE WESTERN AUSTRALIA REPORT by Rod Tweddle The scuttlebutt is rife in Western Australia, and some of them are confirmed. There is a very large sailing yacht being built in aluminium in the heart of the shipbuilding precinct (more news soon) and the new kids on the block (Evolution Yachts) are contemplating a 50 metre, steel and composite superyacht. ocean | 127 One of the latest marina projects in Western Australia is the East Port Marina, Mandurah. "Vive Holdings" who are the developers also own the adjacent links golf course called "The Cut".
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