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

17th December 2019 - 30 January 2020

Public Access December -  31 January 2020

Stage 1 - Area 1 & 2

Area 1

Open to public from 24.12.2019

Minor defects and final beach levelling will occur towards the end of the project


Area 2

Open to public from 24.12.2019

Minor defects and final beach levelling will occur towards the end of the project


Area 3 and 4

Commence coastal civil works on 31.1.2020

Managed Construction access to Area 3 and 4 as shown from 31.1.2020

Disabled car bays and beach wheelchairs relocated adjacent Surf club as shown from 31.1.2020.


Access for beach users – Area 1 and 2, North of Surf club and temporary ramp north of the playground. Refer map.


11 December 2019                                                                                                                            11 December 2019


20 December 2019                                                                                                                          20 December 2019


20 December 2019


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

Please note: Public Comment now closed.

The City of Albany in conjunction with the community and key stakeholders have produced a draft Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan ( CHRMAP ) for key coastal assets within the Emu Point to Middleton Beach area.

This CHRMAP is designed to identify coastal inundation and erosion hazards for the 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 and cost.

The draft 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 of Albany and the need for culturally and economically acceptable outcomes.

CHRMAP Implementation Plan (Draft)

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

CHRMAP Implementation Plan DRAFT May 2019

Coastal Hazard Risk Management and Adaptation Plan (CHRMAP) Draft 

CHRMAP Draft Final May 2019

CHRMAP Master Appendices (Draft)

CHRMAP Appendices

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan (Draft)

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan

Community Public Comment Summary

The City of Albany conducted a formal public advertising period of the draft CHRMAP for 28 days. 125 survey submissions were received and 1 written submission. Responses have been collated in the Emu Point to Middleton Beach CHRMAP - Public Comment Summary.

As a result of the feedback submissions, the content of the documents have been refined and one recommendation added.

This is the inclusion of: Recommendation 17: MU3 emu Beach Holiday Park - Upgrade existing protection structures.

Public Comment Summary

CHRMAP Background Documents

Coastal Vulnerability Study Evocoast

Background Documentation Hazard Mapping Study

Albany Artificial Surf Reef Project

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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.

Community Survey

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

City of Albany Artificial Surf Reef Feasibility Survey

Albany Artificial Surfing Reef Feasibility Study - Executive Summary

Artificial Reef Business Case Executive Summary

Mounts Master Plan

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.

Please note: Online survey is now closed.

Mounts Master Plan (Mount Adelaide - Irrerup & Mount Clarence - Corndarup)