City of Albany set to unveil $9 million Middleton Beach foreshore facelift

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The new look Middleton Beach foreshore.
Camera IconThe new look Middleton Beach foreshore. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The revamped Middleton Beach foreshore is set to officially open on December 31, more than two years after construction started on the $9 million Binalup/Middleton Beach Foreshore Enhancement Project.

The public are already making use of the new facilities, including fresh grass and wooden decking weaving around the Norfolk Island pines.

The Middleton Beach foreshore upgrade is nearing completion.
Camera IconThe Middleton Beach foreshore upgrade is nearing completion. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The first stage of the project started in November 2019, including the creation of a sea wall and other coastal protection and civil works.

A carpark expansion, beachfront promenade treatments, playground upgrades, improved public amenities and landscaping were delivered under the second stage of the project.

Work on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion.
Camera IconWork on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The precinct also features a mural created by local artist Jhodi Bennett and botanical murals on the public ablution blocks designed by Glenn Hegedus.

Funded by the Federal Government, Development WA and the City of Albany, the project aimed to improve coastal protection measures at the popular beach, enhance the public facilities and create more open space for events.

Work on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion.
Camera IconWork on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

City of Albany executive director infrastructure, development and environment Paul Camins said product supply delays had pushed minor works including installation of shelters and picnic tables into the new year.

The Ellen Cove Jetty Link, stage three of the project, would be undertaken in the middle of 2022, Mr Camins said.

“A comprehensive program of work has been implemented that highlights Binalup/Middleton Beach’s unique landscape and natural assets while increasing the usability and amenity of the public open space,” he said.

A mural by local artist Jhodi Bennett.
Camera IconA mural by local artist Jhodi Bennett. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

“The project has also included the development of essential infrastructure, engineering, and coastal adaptation and protection from potential sea level rise or storm surge.

“The entire project has involved a number of local suppliers and contractors, delivering a high quality public space with facilities that are safe, accessible, attractive, comfortable and long lasting.”

Work on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion.
Camera IconWork on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The foreshore enhancements will be followed by Development WA’s Middleton Beach Activity Centre project including the creation of six two-storey terrace-style townhouses on Adelaide Crescent and a new hotel on a 3700sqm beachfront site.

Pacifica Developments and Ausglobal Group will develop an 80-100 room hotel with Seashells Hospitality Group announced as the operator in December last year.

Work on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion.
Camera IconWork on the upgrade of Middleton Beach is nearing completion. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

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