Artificial reef for surfing, fishing, exploring between Mullaloo Point and Ocean Reef Marina

Calls for a study to create an artificial reef for surfers between Mullaloo and Ocean Reef have been answered.

The Municipality of Joondalup has asked agents to prepare a report on the possibilities of developing a concept for a surf and fishing reef between Mullaloo Point and the newly constructed southern breakwater at the Ocean Reef Marina.

It follows the inclusion of an artificial reef in the draft marina plans announced for public consultation in 2009. Still, it was removed due to the potential cost, estimated at $7 million at the time.

Mayor Albert Jacob, who asked for the report, said that while he understood why the reef had fallen, he believed there was still merit in researching the concept.


“There is very strong local support from surfers, including an online petition that has received some 2,000 signatures,” he said.

“We will also see a significant amount of sand build up between Mullaloo Point and Ocean Reef Marina over the next ten years, and we will have a new beach.


“That offers an opportunity to investigate a surfing beach at this location. Mullaloo Point is probably our most popular surfing beach in the city, and a break directly north of it would at least double the recreational surfing capacity.”

Camera icons Ben Allen of Mullaloo, James Breed of Mullaloo, and Clint Bryan of Kallaroo. Credit: David Baylis/Community News

He said it would “most simply be a winter break given the swell that comes through it,” and it would also be a popular beach fishing area. It would also benefit snorkelers and divers.

Ocean Reef surfers want an artificial reef.

Mr. Jacob said he had discussed the idea with state representatives and that they were “open to the concept,” with the report detailing the initial cost of possible designs.

“If this is developed further, it’s something we’re looking for the state to get on board with,” he said.

“This is just a call for a report to examine the concept, monitor it closely, and test the community.

“While it’s not something the municipality would build, it’s unlikely the state will pick it up from scratch. They are looking for the municipality to show great local support.”

Camera Icon A protest paddle at Ocean Reef was held to highlight the loss of three surf breaks due to the marina’s construction. Credit: Stuart Downes; Facebook

The request was approved 9-3, with councilors Russell Poliwka, Daniel Kingston, and John Raftis opposing.

Cr Poliwka said it was not the council’s role, and those requesting the reef should approach the state government themselves.

“This is nowhere near our core business or anything we need to prioritize,” he said.

“We will create expectations among surfers and others that we will become champions of this. We cannot afford it, and it is not our role.”

Surfers continue to advocate for an artificial reefs.

In the run-up to last year’s mayoral elections, Mr. Jacob had identified the artificial reef as one of his “four top project priorities for the next four years”.

Surfers have been campaigning for an artificial reef to create a surf break for the past year, with the marina redevelopment building losing the three leaves at Ocean Reef – Mossies, Big Rock, and Pylons.

John D.Mayne
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