Current Projects

Albany Town Hall Repurposing Project

Improving Albany’s iconic Town Hall will assist in achieving a goal to open its doors 364 days of the year! Since the opening of Albany Entertainment Centre, the Town Hall has been underused and urgently needs attention, so that is why Council have advocated for funding and strived to progress this important project since early 2015.

Added to the State Register of Heritage Places in 1996, the last renovations to the Town Hall were in 1983 and this latest project will return the building to its former glory of 1888.

Restoration and upgrade works will restore it back to its original form, but with modern technology to optimise its use as a multi-function venue. The City has been working with key stakeholders, agency representatives and a community advisory group in drafting plans ready to share with the community. The designs, approved by the State Heritage Council, focus on conservation, culture and arts for flexibility of community use.

Building works will commence on the Town Hall in October 2019 and it is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

Albany Town Hall Community Update & Frequently Asked Questions

Albany Town Hall Project Design

 

Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement

This project is a realisation of the adopted Foreshore Management Plan and a $9 million partnership between the Commonwealth Government, DevelopmentWA (formally known as LandCorp) and the City of Albany.

It is intended that this project will bring a number benefits, including; coastal protection measures, improved drainage and water treatment, provision of service infrastructure, promenade treatments, enhanced public facilities, access and amenities and event space creation.

Stage 1 - Civil works at Middleton Beach commence in November involving the coastal protection measures.  Neo Civil were appointed as the civil contractor at the Council meeting in October and site establishment measures will begin early November.  The works compound and containers will be positioned  on the grass to the North of the Albany Surf Life Saving Club (ASLSC).

Multiple temporary access points for beach users will be allowed for during construction including, but not limited to, ASLSC, City of Albany and general public to the beach at all times, in suitable locations coordinated with construction sequencing. Stage 1 Work is expected to be completed by the middle of the year 2020.

Stage 2 - Landscape and Public Realm_  providing service infrastructure, promenade treatments, enhanced public facilities, access and event space creation.

 Middleton Beach  Project Poster

Information Boards

Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Frequently Asked Questions

DevelopmentWA (formerly Landcorp) Activity Centre

Upcoming Construction Works  16 March 2020

Rock Movement on Site - please be advised that there will be heavy machinery movement on the beach on Wednesday 18th & Thursday 19th March, please see  map for public access for this time period only.

Public Access December -  31 January 2020

Neo Civil resumed work back on site 28 January 2020 with site fencing in place around Area 3 & Area 4. The second site compound has been established adjacent to the playground.

Please see above access map for contractor’s access planned from Marine Drive.

Civil Works:

  • Stormwater drainage installation
  • Limestone block retaining wall placement
  • Formwork, reinforcement and concrete for the capping beam
  • Rock revetment works commencing on 16 March
  • Service vehicle access for Three Anchors is from Marine Drive into Contractors fenced compound as at 16 March.
  • Public access unchanged as above access map
  • Tree maintenance and under pruning underway

Completion on track for mid 2020

 

  

             

                                                                                                            

 

 

Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Hazard Risk Management Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP)

At the City of Albany Ordinary Council Meeting on the 17th December 2019, Council adopted the City’s first Final Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) for the Emu Point to Middleton Beach area. The Final CHRMAP combines all of the relevant information from the CHRMAP process into one final report, including all the relevant reports and feedback from the community. A copy of the final CHRMAP report can be found below:

CHRMAP Implementation Plan 

The CHRMAP Implementation Plan is a succinct easy to read standalone document that provides an overview of the CHRMAP process and details the recommended management options for the key assets at risk.

CHRMAP Implementation Plan FINAL

CHRMAP &  Appendices

CHRMAP Final 

CHRMAP Appendices

Public Comment Summary and Response

Public Comment Summary and Response

The City’s Final CHRMAP report has resulted in 11 recommendations which are contained in the CHRMAP document and Implementation Plan. These recommendations will enable the City to make more informed coastal management decisions in the future and provide direction for how the City’s coastal hazard risks will be managed until the next review is required. The City’s CHRMAP will be updated and reviewed every five to ten years, and in accordance with the State Planning policy 2.6

State Planning Policy No. 2.6

State Coastal Planning Policy Guidelines

Background

The City of Albany prepared a CHRMAP for the area of coast from Ellen Cove to the Emu Point Boat Pens. The CHRMAP was completed in accordance with State Planning Policy 2.6: State Coastal policy and associated guidelines. This is the first CHRMAP that has been completed for the City of Albany.

This CHRMAP is designed to identify coastal inundation and erosion hazards for the project area and recommends controls to manage and mitigate the risks, when they should be implemented and what the impact will be in terms of effectiveness, cost environmental and social impact and reversibility.

The CHRMAP is based on extensive technical background research and investigations, community and stakeholder values and inputs, recognition of strategic planning and governance interventions available to the City and the need for culturally and economically acceptable outcomes.

CHRMAP Background Documents

Coastal Vulnerability Study Evocoast

Background Documentation Hazard Mapping Study

What's Next?

The City will continue to monitor the project area. The monitoring framework is contained within the CHRMAP document.

The City’s CHRMAP will be updated and reviewed every five to ten years, and in accordance with the State Planning Policy 2.6 and associated guidelines.

As a recommendation of the CHRMAP the City has commenced a Foreshore Management Plan for the Emu Beach area. Community Engagement will be an integral part of this project.

 If you would like to be involved in further community engagement or like any more information on the above project please contact: majorprojects@albany.wa.gov.au

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan Final

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan

 

Albany Artificial Surf Reef Project

Current Media Release December 2019

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, designed specifically for beginner to intermediate surfers; given the lack of suitable surfing waves close to the town centre.

The concept of an artificial surf reef in Albany has been around for at least 20 years and has been heavily driven by the Albany 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 which found that providing surfing amenity at Middleton Beach, through the construction of an ASR was feasible.

The State Government via the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development committed $5 million towards the project’s progression, with detailed design currently underway, lead by Bluecoast Consulting Engineers.

The detailed design phase will refine the design solution and cost to enable confidence for additional investment to be sought for the estimated $9 million projects’ implementation.

Project Vision

“To create a consistent, surfable wave central to Albany, driving benefits for the community, tourism, economic development, and the retention of the region’s younger age demographic”

Albany Artificial Surf Reef Community Update

Amazing South Coast Surf Reef

City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey

Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary

Artificial Reef Business Case 2018

 

Mounts Master Plan Engagement Summary

A Plan to Conserve and Enhance

The Mounts Master Plan (Mt Adelaide & Mt Clarence) aims to provide a comprehensive long term vision and action plan for the Mounts which respects and enhances its significant natural, cultural and recreational assets. Through the establishment of a clear vision and refined set of guiding principles, the Master Plan will establish a flexible and overarching framework, outline simple criteria to align project outcomes, identify strategies and inform decision-making to guide sustainable investment and management over time.

This document presents a summary of the community engagement feedback received between 2018 and 2019 as part of the City of Albany’s consultation on the Mounts Master Plan and informs next steps in the Master Plan process.

Mounts Master Plan Community & Stakeholder Engagement Summary (view)

Mounts Master Plan Community & Stakeholder Engagement Summary _ print version

Engagement Documents

A_Master Plan Summary Document - Presented to Community and Stakeholders

B_Mounts Master Plan Survey

C_Mounts Master Plan Matrix Sheet

D_Mounts Master Plan Feedback Sheet