Middleton Beach enhancement works underway

Published: Tuesday, 26 November 2019 at 9:01:47 AM

Works to protect and enhance the Middleton Beach coastline is underway with contractors making good progress on the first stage of the foreshore project.

The City of Albany and its government partners are aiming to get the best long-term environmental outcome for the much-loved site with stage one by constructing a buried seawall, block retaining wall, concrete wave reflector and upgrading storm water drainage.

The design is engineered to withstand the effects of potential shoreline erosion caused by predicted sea level rises and impacts of severe storms.

City of Albany Executive Director Infrastructure, Development and Environment Paul Camins said the key focus is to minimise disruption to beachgoers as much as possible.

“We will be focusing on limiting impact on the area during the works so we can maintain beach access and encourage the community to still come down and enjoy the area,” he said.

“We’ve received some queries about why we’re starting this work before the busy summer period, and it’s because we need to upgrade the stormwater infrastructure as part of the works, which we can’t achieve in winter.

“We also have funding deadlines to meet and have to complete the works by the end of 2020, if we’d started the project next year we wouldn’t achieve this and it still would have caused disruptions the next summer.”

Stage two of the project is expected to begin in mid-2020 and will include the construction of a promenade behind the seawall that connects Ellen Cove boardwalk through to the Surf Lifesaving Club, installation of improved public amenities, grassing, planting, irrigation and increased public open space and event areas.

The Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement project is supported by the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities, Development WA and City of Albany.

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