SMC Marine has been awarded the contract to build the Busselton Jetty Village, a giant glasshouse at the end of Busselton Jetty.
Built from polycarbonate, featuring bi-fold see through doors that open up to the ocean, as well as lighting up the end of the Jetty at night, the new structure is scheduled to open in late 2020, early 2021.
Boasting a Sunset Bar and Café, the Village will provide shelter for visitors all year round and feature a marine interpretation zone and environmental education space. The new 200 seat Village also presents opportunities to host an array of events and the ability to host weddings, corporate and private functions.
The signing of the Design and Construct contract with SMC Marine is an exciting milestone for the Busselton Jetty said Chair Jenny Sheehan.
“We are delighted to have SMC Marine on board as they have good knowledge of the Jetty.”
“This achievement has been long awaited by locals and visitors. It will be a wonderful asset to the Jetty and our community and an improvement which people have been asking for over many years to enhance their enjoyment of the Jetty,” she said.
SMC Marine General Manager WA, Jeff Offer said SMC Marine was excited about the project and paid credit to BJI and Patrick Miller and his team at Finespun Architecture for the vision and ideas for design.
Established in 2001, SMC Marine is a maritime contractor with a wide range of marine construction capabilities. SMC Marine started out installing commercial marinas and now delivers major marine construction projects throughout Australia, from their base in Australind.
Busselton Jetty CEO Lisa Shreeve said the project will cater for the growing popularity for visitors wanting information on marine life, conservation and the environment with the new interactive marine and green zone.
The project is currently at the final design stage and to date BJI has secured $1.7 million from its own reserves, Federal, State and Local government as well as private donors. Another $250,000 is required to complete the project in its entirety and BJI are calling on the community for donations to be a part of an exclusive ‘Busselton Jetty Village Founders Club’.
“Busselton Jetty Inc has been saving for many years to develop new infrastructure at the end of the Jetty and this project is a tribute to the community who fought so hard to save the Jetty – we continue to honour their commitment to save the Jetty for future generations,” Ms Shreeve said.