Hotel’s future in hands of investors

Toby HusseyAlbany Advertiser

Premier Mark McGowan has left the door open on the future of a proposed Middleton Beach hotel, saying it is up to the market to decide if demand exists.

After more than a year on the market and with no suitable development applications for a Middleton Beach hotel submitted to the State Government, Mr McGowan said its future was in the hands of developers.

“We put (the hotel) out to the market, so if the market decides there’s a requirement for an additional market that’s a matter for private investors,” he said.

“Obviously time will tell whether there’s a need for another hotel.”

Mr McGowan reiterated previous comments by Lands Minister Ben Wyatt that the State’s focus was on completing the Middleton Beach foreshore enhancement project, which will begin in November.

City of Albany executive director of infrastructure and environment Paul Camins said the enhancement project was expected to be completed by the end of 2020.

“The current plan is to do the works in two stages, the buried seawall and related works in stage one and the landscaping in stage two,” he said.

Landscaping was expected to begin early next year.

A community information session on the development is scheduled to be held at the Surf Life Saving Club from 9am on August 31.

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