- Tender awarded for detailed design of an artificial surf reef at Albany's Middleton Beach
- Major step forward for McGowan Government $5 million election commitment
An artificial surf reef at Albany's Middleton Beach is a step closer to reality, with the tender for detailed design on the project awarded to a company with proven experience in artificial reef structures.
The McGowan Government has allocated $5 million for the surf reef, which will help to drive tourism in the Great Southern and has been a long-held dream for the Albany community.
The State Government has provided $500,000 to the City of Albany to progress the detailed design for the project.
Bluecoast Consulting Engineers Pty Ltd will undertake the detailed designed work, building on their previous involvement in a feasibility study for the project and work on Emu Point to Middleton Beach Coastal Adaptation.
Middleton Beach users and stakeholders will be consulted throughout the process through the Project Steering and Working Group and a community forum planned for early next year.
The McGowan Government-funded University of Western Australia Wave Energy Research Centre in Albany will peer review the design process, bringing world-class marine expertise to the project.
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan:
"This is an important milestone for the long-awaited Middleton Beach artificial surf reef.
"The surf reef will be a real boon for Albany, offering yet another tourism drawcard and providing locals a more reliable surf break.
"It is fantastic to see the Wave Energy Research Centre involved in this project: our investment in the centre has brought world-leading marine scientists to Albany, and will help to ensure the surf reef is designed to fit Albany's unique coastal conditions."
Comments attributed to Albany MLA Peter Watson:
"This is great news for Albany and the many people, both locals and visitors, who enjoy surfing.
"It will create jobs, give our young people an added incentive to stay in Albany and will be a boost for tourism."
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