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
The City of Albany releases seasonal community updates on strategic projects across the City of Albany. These community update information sheets aim to keep the community informed and updated on key projects and strategies within the community.
- Amazing Albany Community Update - Autumn 2016 (2MB)Amazing Albany Community Update for Autumn 2016
The Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation and Protection Strategy commenced in 2012. The strategy covers the coastal system that includes Oyster Harbour, Emu Point and Middleton Beach and extends from Ellen Cove to the Emu Point Boat Pens. The development of this strategy is an ongoing process and includes consideration of the following:
• Gaining community input;
• Assessing all previous studies;
• Identifying gaps in previous data and then filling these gaps;
• Understanding the essential character and values of the area;
• Identifying viable management options for the short and long term, and;
• Maintaining existing coastal protection structures.
The City will be constantly monitoring, evaluating this strategy as it evolves and is committed to engaging with the community throughout this process.
The City of Albany was recently successful in receiving $65,128 in funding from the Department of Transport Coastal Adaptation and Protection Grants for 2017/18. This funding will be matched by the City and will be used to continue the comprehensive monitoring program that is being conducted and to protect existing coastal protection structures.
The City has also been successful in receiving $75,000 from the Department of Planning through their Coastal Management Plan Assistance Program 2017/2018. This funding will be matched by the City and will be used to complete a Coastal Hazard, Risk, Management and Adaptation Plan ( CHRMAP) for the project area.
The purpose of this work is to consider a full range of planning instruments in order to plan for the short and long term management of the coast. it will be done in six stages, take two years to complete and will involve extensive community consultation.
The below Implementation Plans detail the specific tasks that have and will be carried out.
- 2016 2017 Community Update Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation Stategy (533KB)2016 2017 Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation Implementation Plan
- Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation Implementation Plan (597KB)Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation Implementation Plan 2017/2018
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 enclosures 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