It is full steam ahead for the revitalisation of Albany's waterfront following environmental approval for the Foreshore Redevelopment project.
Lands Minister George Cash said that 12 months of comprehensive consultation had seen the project given the green light which would enable development plans for stage one to proceed.
Formal environmental approval for the $8.8 million redevelopment has been given by Environment Minister Peter Foss.
Mr Cash said following subdivision approval, expected to be received next month, tenders would be called to commence subdivision works for stage one.
Engineering and landscape design works are now underway and the first sites for the marine service, commercial, tourism and residential purposes are expected to be released early next year.
Mr Cash said the announcement was a significant milestone for the project.
He said there had been great co-operation between Land Corp, the Waterways Management Authority, Department of Environmental Protection, Albany Port Authority, the Great Southern Development Commission and the Town of Albany to ensure all environmental concerns had been satisfactorily resolved.
"The State Government is currently preparing comprehensive environmental conditions for the project which will help guide further development along the foreshore," Mr Cash said.
"Albany's residential and business community can now look forward to enjoying the many recreational, tourism and commercial benefits the project is set to create."
LandCorp has addressed all of the environmental concerns raised through an extensive community consultation period.
The proposed project site has been modified to ensure that development does not disturb Princess Royal Harbour's seagrass population or affect the prospects for further seagrass recovery.
Proposed residential and commercial precincts have been set back from Princess Royal Drive and the Great Southern Railway to alleviate concerns about noise levels from traffic accessing the port.
Health Minister and Local member for Albany Kevin Prince said the approval was good news for the people of Albany.
"It creates exciting new opportunities for Albany - the redevelopment will boost the economy and generate new jobs as the project starts to take shape," Mr Prince said.
As part of the Foreshore Redevelopment, upgrade works on Albany's historic Town Jetty are well underway and due for completion in May this year.
Design work for the projects' public art program will start on site this week - six artists have been selected to develop and identify appropriate projects that reinforce Albany's maritime history and unique identity.
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