Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Hon Dean Nalder BBus GradDip(AppFin&Inv) MLA

Former Minister for Agriculture and Food; Transport

    Busselton welcomes new coastal venue

    29/05/2015 12:00 AM
     
    • Created work for more than 200 people across four major contracts
    • Modified breakwaters help seagrass and sediment flow
    • Landscaped foreshore and boardwalk rejuvenate coastal recreation spaces

    The completion of the $28.15 million reconfiguration of coastal structures at Busselton's Port Geographe offers a positive future for the environment, recreation and housing in the area.

     

    Officially opening the project today, Transport Minister Dean Nalder said the State Government's significant investment at Port Geographe had provided the right setting for the area to reach its full potential.

     

    "We saw great co-operation with the City of Busselton, The University of Western Australia (UWA) and local residents to complete this project," Mr Nalder said.

     

    The 18-month project involved modifying the western breakwater, removing beach groynes, building a sea wall and a new channel entrance to the marina, forming a lagoon beach and adding landscaped recreation spaces.

     

    A universal access boardwalk, linking a picnic area and Naturescape playground to a sheltered swimming lagoon, provides the centrepiece.

     

    In 2012, after extensive research, investigation, modelling and testing, UWA experts recommended changes to the coastal structures to address seagrass and sediment accumulation.

     

    The Minister said the early performance of the new coastal configuration had been encouraging and continued to be closely monitored by the Department of Transport.

     

    The coastal adjustment works, together with normal variations in winter weather patterns, means the project will need to be monitored and assessed over several seasons.

     

    Fact File

    • About 250,000 tonnes of rock was repositioned from the original structures and about 30,000 tonnes of new rock material added
    • About 130,000 cubic metres of material was dredged for the formation of the new entrance channel
    • Aigle Royal Developments recently announced a planned 10-year release of 650 residential and canal lots near the site and estimates land sales will generate $200 million over the duration of the development
    • An environmental management and monitoring plan includes ongoing coastal engineering advice, inspections and management at Port Geographe

    Minister's office - 6552 6400