FEDERAL Member for O’Connor Rick Wilson is pleased to announce that the City of Albany is to receive significant government funding to revitalise Middleton Beach foreshore.
Through its Building Better Regions Fund – Infrastructure Projects, the Australian Government has awarded the City $4,513,500 which will be used to bolster coastal defences at the iconic location as well as enhance its public realm.
Mr Wilson said he was thrilled that the City had been successful in its application and was excited that much-needed changes to the Middleton Beach precinct were on the horizon.
“This is a great news story for Albany,” Mr Wilson said.
“After more than 12 years since the Esplanade Hotel was demolished we will soon be witnessing the start of a significant revitalisation to Middleton Beach.”
The City will use the Building Better Regions funding to establish essential services and infrastructure, including a seawall, drainage and water quality services, which have to be in place before any commercial building can commence.
“Preceding any private investment, there is a strong requirement for significant improvement in the public realm as a key attractor for investors, together with coastal defences to protect any investment made,” Mr Wilson said.
“Without this investment from the Australian Government, the foreshore project would have had to have been managed in different stages.
“This means that disparate developments would have occurred sporadically over a long period of time.
“This would have significantly reduced the efficiency of public investment and would have meant that foreshore amenity and public realm enhancements would have been implemented at the project’s final stages.”
City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington said he was over the moon when he heard the news.
“We’re very grateful for the federal government’s investment in this project, which will support the existing work being done by Landcorp and the City of Albany to enhance the Middleton Beach precinct and attract a hotel development,” Mayor Wellington said.
“The City would like to thank Rick Wilson for his efforts advocating for this application and helping us get funding to improve the surrounding public space and put in place long-term coastal protection and community amenities, which will help attract private investment to Middleton Beach.
“It will be a huge benefit to Albany’s tourism and economy for years to come and will create an area our community can take a lot of pride in.”
The total cost of the redevelopment is $9,027,000 with the remainder of the funds supplied by the City of Albany.