Albany Artificial Surf Reef
The aim of the Artificial Surf Reef (ASR) Project is to develop a reef structure at Middleton Beach to harness the existing wave energy and swell to produce a consistent surfable wave.
The concept of an artificial surf reef in Albany has been around for at least 20 years and has been heavily driven by the community.
In March 2015, the City of Albany engaged specialist consultant engineers to investigate and prepare a report for the feasibility of an ASR at Middleton Beach. Royal Haskoning DHV (RHDHV) prepared the Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study which found that providing surfing amenity at Middleton Beach, through the construction of an ASR was feasible. The ASR is to be designed specifically for beginner to intermediate surfers; given the lack of suitable surfing waves close to town centre.
The main aim of the study was to consider:
The creation of a consistent, surfable wave, which maximises available swell conditions and is central to Albany, driving benefits in tourism, economic development and retention of Albany’s younger age demographic.
A community survey was undertaken in February 2015. A total of 732 feedback documents were received; the largest response for any City of Albany community survey ever undertaken, with Community Survey results revealing 90% support for the creation of an Artificial Surf Reef at Middleton Beach.
ASR Business Case Summary
In October 2016 a Business Case for the ASR was prepared by Keston Technologies with specialist input from RHDHV and Bond University Business School. The Business Case found that the ASR would:
- Diversify and grow the regional economy
- Provide a Benefit Cost Ratio (BCR) of 3.52 derived from; hosting surfing events, uplift in visitation and length of stay and complimenting adventure tourism. This basically means that for every $1 spent on the ASR it will return $3.52
- Provide a significant tourism drawcard in Albany’s winter season
- Provide an increase in the number of visitors and how long they stay
- Deliver a recreational project that contributes to Albany’s liveability and reputation as one of WA’s key tourism destinations
- Amazing South Coast Surf Reef (474KB)Amazing South Coast Surf Reef Middleton Beach
- City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey (486KB)Results of Feasibility Study on Artificial Reef
- Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary (693KB)Executive Summary 13 July 2015
- Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary (491KB)Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary
Emu Point Wind Data
The below graphs show live data from the Emu Point Anemometer. This is located on top of the navigation beacon at Emu Beach and measure wind speed, direction, and gusts.
The Ellen Cove Swimming Enclosure project has been funded by a $200,000.00 State Government grant along with Council setting aside $30,000.00 a year for maintenance over the enclosure's three year trial period.
The enclosure is an Aquarius Barrier and is exciting new shark exclusion technology designed to protect swimmers without affecting other marine life or the environment.
The Swimming Enclosure trial aligns with the aims of a new Tourism Australia campaign to highlight and enhance aquatic and coastal visitor experiences.
- Middleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet (942KB)Middleton Beach Swimming Enclosure Information Sheet