Current Projects

Emu Beach Foreshore Management Plan

The City is in the process of producing a Foreshore Management Plan (FMP) for the Emu Beach and Emu Point areas. This is part of the Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation and Protection Strategy which the City has been developing since 2013. Previous studies have identified the key assets in the Emu Beach area that require adaptation in the short term (0 – 10 years).

 The FMP includes community consultation, including collaboration with key partners, and a period of public comment on the landscape options available for the area.

The Project Objectives include:

  • Developing concept plans that provides guidance for the future development and management of the foreshore reserve;
  • Provision of a high quality community amenity, improving the degraded foreshore;
  • Coastal adaptation requirements are met for at least 50 years through staged implementation of measures for key assets at risk.

Information boards will be available to view at the Emu Point BBQ enclosure (opposite the Café), and the City of Albany North Road office during July and August. Please register your interest in attending future community sessions and receiving information either via completing the feedback form and returning to the City of Albany or registering here.

A summary of feedback and outcomes of the engagement will be distributed to participants. Following this, the final recommendations for the Emu Beach FMP will be publicly advertised in late 2020.

 Community Update

 Project Information

 Feed Back Form

Register Your Interest Online

Watch the below video to hear an in depth explanation of the Emu Beach FMP from City of Albany consultants RPS, SeeDesign and Bluecoast Engineering. For a detailed look at the Information Boards please click here.

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


      PUBLIC NOTICES - current 07/08/2020

  • The boardwalk entry and access to the jetty at Middleton Beach will be closed for new path way works from Monday 17 August to Friday 21 August. This temporary closure will enable works to be completed that link the board walk to access points to the beach and Ellen Cove facilities. Access to the path is available from the Lookout on Marine Parade. Media Release
  • Please be advised that the Ellen Cove toilets will remain closed until at least September 2020, whilst works are in progress, nearest amenities are at the Surf Club.
  • From Wednesday 22 April access to Ellen Cove from the amphitheatre will be closed, community can still access some picnic tables from Marine Drive.
  • New temporary concrete path has been installed connecting Ellen Cove with the boardwalk please take care in this area and we ask cyclists to please dismount through this zone.






  • Coastal Protection (sea wall) Construction - completed
  • Stormwater drainage and beach grading works at Ellen Cove - completed
  • Temporary pedestrian pathway - installed
  • Granite stone retaining walls at Ellen Cove - in progress
  • The remaining works are planned to be delivered through a series of defined work packages:

1: South landscape works (pavement, walls, lighting, landscape, irrigation)

2: South promenade works (services, pavement, walls)

3: North / central promenade works (services, pavement, walls)

4: Road, carpark and civil drainage works

5: Central landscape & public realm works (shelters, lighting, turf, irrigation, planting, furniture, play)

6: North landscape and public realm works (shelters, lighting, turf, irrigation, planting, furniture)

  • All works are expected to be completed by June 2021



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 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


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:

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan Final

CHRMAP Monitoring Plan

City of Albany Photo Beach Monitoring

The Emu Point to Middleton Beach Photo Monitoring Program was developed in 2014 as part of the Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation and Protection Strategy. This strategy covers the coastal system that includes Oyster Harbour, Emu Point and Middleton Beach. The development of the Strategy was important to gain community input; assess all previous studies; identify gaps in the data and fill them; understand the values and essential character of the coastal region; and to identify viable management options for short and long term.

The Emu Point to Middleton Beach Photo Monitoring Program is designed as a simple, inexpensive, scientifically valid, long range data gathering exercise, easily learned and maintained, easily expanded or contained, and engaging interested community members as volunteers.

Outcomes of the program include:

  • Contribute to a detailed database of coastline change for the area of coast from Ellen Cove (Middleton Beach) to the Emu Point Boat Pens;
  • Collect data that will inform present and future management decisions for this area of coast;
  • Provide data in an easily usable, retrievable and compatible form for local, regional, state and national data gathering;
  • Begin a historical process that can be taught to and handed on to future generations; and provide a model of data collection that can be applied to other areas of coastline.

This data can be viewed here:

Emu Point to Ellen Cove Beach Monitoring

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