Middleton work set to start

Talitha WolfeAlbany Advertiser

The first stage of construction of the Middleton Beach redevelopment will start this month — the first major work at the site since the Esplanade Hotel was demolished in 2007.

Initial works will include the realignment of Flinders Parade and the roundabout, which is expected to be completed by December, before the region’s busiest tourism period.

A LandCorp advertisement in today’s Albany Advertiser outlines the works: “Works (are) planned for cooler months to avoid Albany’s peak tourism season”.

The roadworks will realign Flinders Parade between Barnett Street and Adelaide Crescent and construct a new section along the Middleton Beach foreshore. City of Albany chief executive Andrew Sharpe said the City was thrilled to see the development ready to take place.

“Stages of this redevelopment still need to be funded and the City is committed to partnering with LandCorp to continue to advocate Government for funds to complete the project and achieve the best result we can for the community,” he said. Mr Sharpe said the City would work closely with LandCorp to keep disruption to a minimum.

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Minister for Lands Lisa Saffioti said the development would help create employment in the area.

“Once completed, the 1.3ha Middleton Beach activity centre will offer prime opportunities for accommodation and attractions, helping to unlock the potential of this tourist destination,” she said.

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