Essential works to address erosion of the Beresford Foreshore in Geraldton are part of a $23.1 million project announced today by Regional Development Minister Terry Redman.
Mr Redman said the project, supported by $17.28 million from the Liberal National Government's Royalties for Regions program, would address an ongoing and expensive erosion problem and protect economic infrastructure.
"The Beresford Foreshore, located north of the Geraldton marina, is a critical component of the Geraldton waterfront and has been severely impacted by coastal erosion in recent years," he said.
"Works will soon begin to address the threat to the sensitive coastal environment and critical public and private infrastructure, including a protective breakwater extension and an extension to the existing groyne."
Acting Transport Minister John Day said the Department of Transport had been closely involved in the development of a long-term solution for Beresford.
"This project is the outcome of multiple coastal engineering investigations based on extensive wave, current and sediment flow data gathered over a decade," Mr Day said.
"The detailed sand nourishment and protection structure designs have been heavily scrutinised and peer reviewed by national and international experts."
The project will involve off-shore works to mitigate erosion including a protective 100 metre breakwater extension to the detached breakwater, an extension to the existing groyne and three retaining structures.
Amenity works on the foreshore will include landscaping, barbecues, picnic settings, benches, bicycle racks, showers, play equipment, lighting, drinking fountains and shade structures.
The project will be managed by the City of Greater Geraldton and is expected to be completed in 2018.
The project's total cost is $23.13m with $17.28m from Royalties for Regions, $4m from Mid West Ports Authority and $1.85m from the City of Greater Geraldton
The Beresford Foreshore coastal protection and enhancement project is part of the Liberal National Government's Mid West Investment Plan
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