Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation works to start

Staff ReporterSound Telegraph
Artist impression of stage one of the City of Rockingham's foreshore revitalisation.
Camera IconArtist impression of stage one of the City of Rockingham's foreshore revitalisation. Credit: City of Rockingham

Stage one of the City of Rockingham’s Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is set to start next Monday, after it signed a construction agreement with civil engineering contractor Ertech.

The first stage of the project will comprise three key areas: Railway Terrace, the Beach Plaza and The Boardwalk.

Construction was planned to begin in June but the tender process, which opened in March, had not been finalised.

Stage one of the project is set to cost $15.748 million and works will be carried out along the full length of Railway Terrace and along the Boardwalk to Val Street until December 7, when construction will cease during the busy summer period.

The site will be open to the public over the summer school holidays, with construction due to recommence on February 18, 2019.

Mayor Barry Sammels said the foreshore revitalisation would breathe new life into the area.

“The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will change the face of the foreshore precinct as we know it,” Mr Sammels said.

“While there will be some slight inconveniences during construction, an improved foreshore will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state and national level.

“It will also enable local businesses to capitalise on the unique features of this location and leverage its increasing popularity into even greater success.”

On Railway Terrace, parking will be modified to improve safety, with a new streetscape, artwork and trees all going in. The changes will create more opportunities for alfresco dining and allow for an improved pedestrian experience.

The Railway Terrace horseshoe carpark will be closed from Monday July 30 and will be transformed into the Beach Plaza - a pedestrian and events space that will connect the City and the sea. The City envisions the Beach Plaza will become a focal point for major events and celebrations.

Parking on the remainder of Railway Terrace will be unavailable from Monday August 6 until the end of November, with a focus to be placed on the major engineering works prior to the summer shutdown.

Meanwhile, The Boardwalk will be expanded and modified to allow for more alfresco dining, better movement of pedestrians and to provide a better connection to the foreshore’s north-facing beach.

Despite the works, Mr Sammels said it would be business as usual at the foreshore.

“Over the summer holidays the City will still be hosting its much loved New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events as usual with the Christmas lights and Festival being held at Flinders Lane,” he said.

“Businesses will remain open throughout, with pedestrian access also to be maintained around the foreshore.”

The project is expected to be completed by September 2019.

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