The Western Australian Government has announced the preferred tenderer for the bulk earthworks package of its Spoilbank Marina project, meaning major works could kick off as early as February 2021.

MGN Civil has been selected to deliver the $10 million package of bulk earthworks, including construction of the marina basin footprint, the installation of site perimeter fencing and establishing ground levels. 

The commencement of Stage 2 works is a significant milestone in the delivery of the Western Australian Government’s $121.5 million Spoilbank Marina, as it means breaking ground for the first time within the marina site. 

Western Australian Premier, Mark McGowan, said, “My government is delivering on one of our key election commitments for the Hedland community, with works underway on the $121.5 million Spoilbank Marina.

“We are focused on supporting the regional Pilbara economy with local content and local jobs, and this package of works will deliver a substantial boost to local businesses and local workers.”

MGN, who have substantial experience delivering similar projects across Australia, were selected as the preferred tenderer following a comprehensive tender evaluation process by Pilbara Ports Authority.

These works will result in a significant injection into the Pilbara economy, with commitments from MGN to source 75 per cent of their plant hire requirements from Aboriginal businesses and to purchase almost 80 per cent of their goods and services within the region.

Western Australian Regional Development Minister, Alannah MacTiernan, said, “Turning the sod on the road works was exciting, but now we will really start to see the marina footprint – and the Hedland community’s vision – take shape.

“The marina has been an aspiration of the Port Hedland community for decades: it will bring a welcome new amenity to the town.” 

Pilbara MLA, Kevin Miche, said, “We promised the Spoilbank Marina at the last election, and the McGowan Labor Government is delivering on that promise.

“I welcome the strong commitment to local and to Aboriginal businesses in this work package, which will create local jobs and support the Pilbara economy.”

Stage 2 of the Spoilbank Marina project is being carried out in four packages. The tender for Package 2b, dredging and reclamation works, is now open on the Tenders WA website, while the tender for Package 2c, breakwaters and revetments, is expected to be released next week.

Stage 1 works – access roads to the site – are on track for completion in February 2021.

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