Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    Bridge promotes new view of Albany

    4/03/2008 12:00 AM
     

    The first stage of the Waterfront at Albany development is complete, with the full 250m span of the nine metre high pedestrian bridge linking Albany’s CBD and a landscaped plaza on the city’s foreshore now open to the community.

     

    Opening the $2.5million bridge today, Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the completion of Stage One was an exciting milestone for a project that would change the face and future of the regional city.

     

    Ms MacTiernan also launched vision of a 3-D fly through of what the completed waterfront development at Albany could look like.

     

    “Completion of the footbridge and plaza brings the State Government’s delivery of a revitalised and beautified waterfront one step closer for the people of Albany,” she said.

     

    “The footbridge directly and safely links Albany’s CBD and Lower York Street tourist precinct with the heart of the waterfront and offers elevated views of Princess Royal Harbour, one of the world’s most stunning natural harbours.

     

    “A 2,300sqm landscaped plaza will provide local residents and visitors with a recreation area in a prime focal point of the development, adjacent to the magnificent $50million entertainment centre.

     

    “There will be more good news to come for Albany, with the realignment and reconstruction of Princess Royal Drive already under way and a tender for civil works to the eastern side of the jetty (Stage Two) expected to be advertised within the next few weeks.

     

    “A waterfront hotel site which will deliver a hotel with restaurant, bar and conference facilities, along with short stay serviced apartments, will be on the market by the middle of the year.”

     

    Albany MLA Peter Watson said the State Government’s $76million investment in the project was expected to attract $60million in private investment and up to $400million in economic activity for the region to 2020.

     

    “Over the years to 2020, the waterfront will also help attract additional visitor expenditure worth $396million,” Mr Watson said.

      

    “The new footbridge and plaza and the views they offer will be an instant drawcard, but the completion of the entertainment centre, a new hotel and range of restaurants and retail outlets on the waterfront and the adjoining boat harbour will draw in thousands of extra visitors.

     

    “Albany will become an even more exciting place to visit, but more importantly it will be a better place to live in.

     

    For more information, visit http://albanywaterfront.com.au - call 1300 730245, or email albanywaterfront@landcorp.com.au.

     

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