Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Western foreshore opens at Port Geographe

    8/04/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Completed landscaping of western beach foreshore in time for school holidays
    • New coastal recreational space available for community
    • Work continues on eastern side of the breakwater as part of the $28.15 million project to reconfigure the coastal structures

    A major milestone has been reached with the State Government opening the newly landscaped western beach foreshore at Port Geographe in time for school holidays.

     

    Visiting Busselton today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government's $28.15 million reconfiguration of the coastal structures at Port Geographe had provided an opportunity to rejuvenate the foreshores on both sides of the new breakwaters.

     

    "Residents and visitors can now enjoy the new pathways, meeting place and toilets near the new western breakwater and beach area," Mr Nalder said.

     

    Work continues on the eastern side of the marina entrance channel as the centrepiece of the Port Geographe foreshore landscaping takes shape. This will see the creation of a boardwalk linking a new picnic area to a sheltered swimming lagoon.

     

    The Minister said the new recreational area was a welcome addition for Busselton and thanked local residents for their input into the design.

     

    Mr Nalder said the early performance of the new coastal structures at Port Geographe had been encouraging.  However, coastal adjustments and normal variations in winter weather patterns meant it would be several winters before the effectiveness of the changes could be properly measured.

     

    "As winter approaches, the Department of Transport (DoT) will closely monitor the response of the natural environment to the new streamlined rock structures to help guide future management options," he said.

     

           Fact File

    • DoT has contracted a coastal engineer to monitor and advise on bypassing and other works required over the next two years
    • Plans under way to revegetate areas of the eroded Wonnerup foreshore
    • Plantings begin after completion of landscaping on the eastern side in mid- May

    Minister's office - 6552 6400