City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the completion of the project represented an exciting moment in the history of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore precinct.
“The completion of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is a landmark moment for the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
“When ground was broken at the Foreshore in July 2018 after extensive community consultation, we wanted to give residents, visitors and businesses a high quality space that everyone could be proud of.
“Our aim was to develop a vibrant, pedestrian friendly precinct that physically and conceptually connects the City with the sea through an innovative upgrade which retains many of the best elements that made the Foreshore so great to begin with.”
Stage one comprised three main areas - Railway Terrace, now a pedestrian friendly shopping and eat street, the Beach Plaza, which will become a new heart for Rockingham with a range of recreational, cultural and heritage attractions, and the new-look Boardwalk, with timber terraces and some ‘young at heart’ attractions connecting to the beach.
Construction on the project began on 31 July 2018, with works temporarily put on hold from 7 December 2018 - 18 February 2019 to allow visitors and businesses to capitalise on the busy summer break.
“The City thanks the community and the businesses in the area for their patience during construction. It was always going to be an inconvenience, but we had strong support from stakeholders to get stuck in and get the job done”, Mayor Sammels said.
Thanks to the concerted efforts of all involved, and the ongoing support of businesses and visitors who really got behind the project, stage one is complete, and we can all look forward to enjoying our new-look foreshore attracting more people than ever to this iconic part of Rockingham.”
Following completion of the project the City will host a special two day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019. The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition and will feature free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.
“The improved foreshore precinct will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state, national and international level,” Mayor Sammels said.
“The City gratefully acknowledges the Australian Government’s contribution to the project from its National Stronger Regions Fund and also thanks civil engineering contractor Ertech, the landscape design team from Place Laboratory and the City’s own staff who have put in a huge effort to deliver this project on budget and on schedule.”
Separate to the foreshore contract, several art projects will be installed soon, including the Founders’ Memorial Clock, which will serve as the entry statement to the precinct, an ‘Eagle Ray’ sculpture in the Park Plaza, and painted Aboriginal artwork to the lookout walls.
Find out more about the Foreshore Celebration