Construction of stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore upgrade is now complete.
The new $15.75 million foreshore comprises of three main areas - Railway Terrace, now a pedestrian friendly shopping and eat street, the Beach Plaza, which will become a new heart for Rockingham with a range of recreational, cultural and heritage attractions, and the new-look boardwalk, with timber terraces and some ‘young at heart’ attractions connecting to the beach.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the completion of the project represented an exciting moment in the history of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore precinct.
“The completion of Stage One of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is a landmark moment for the City,” Mayor Sammels said.
“When ground was broken at the foreshore in July 2018 after extensive community consultation, we wanted to give residents, visitors and businesses a high quality space that everyone could be proud of.
“Our aim was to develop a vibrant, pedestrian friendly precinct that physically and conceptually connects the City with the sea through an innovative upgrade which retains many of the best elements that made the foreshore so great to begin with.”
Construction on the project began on July 31, 2018 with works temporarily put on hold from December 7 to February 18, to allow visitors and businesses to capitalise on the busy summer break.
“The City thanks the community and the businesses in the area for their patience during construction. It was always going to be an inconvenience, but we had strong support from stakeholders to get stuck in and get the job done”, Mayor Sammels said.
“Thanks to the concerted efforts of all involved, and the ongoing support of businesses and visitors who really got behind the project, stage one is complete, and we can all look forward to enjoying our new-look foreshore attracting more people than ever to this iconic part of Rockingham.”
Following completion of the project the City will host a special two day Foreshore Celebration on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 October 2019.
The event will be held in conjunction with the launch of the Castaways Sculpture Awards exhibition and will feature free entertainment and activities for people of all ages.
“The improved foreshore precinct will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state, national and international level,” Mayor Sammels said.