Delay on eastern foreshore seawall costing Mandurah businesses


Business owners Bob Briggs, Anthony Hiscox, Grant Kazakoff and  Mal Jewell say the City’s “wall of silence” about the seawall has kept them in the dark like mushrooms.
Delay on eastern foreshore seawall costing Mandurah businesses
Business owners Bob Briggs, Anthony Hiscox, Grant Kazakoff and Mal Jewell say the City’s “wall of silence” about the seawall has kept them in the dark like mushrooms.

SOME businesses on Mandurah Terrace have closed or are losing business because of the length of time it is taking to build the new seawall on the eastern foreshore and the lack of information from the City of Mandurah, according to one business owner.

Cafe owner Bob Briggs wants to know what is going on.

“The seawall was supposed to be finished by the Christmas pageant last year and I was told it would be completed by the end of January,’’ he said.

“As a local business owner, I and others are losing trade and nobody at the council office seems to care.”

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Mr Briggs said some businesses were down 20 per cent since the start of construction in June last year.

“But we get no replies to our emails and we are being kept in the dark like mushrooms,’’ he said.

“Yet someone from the council had the audacity to ask us last week to take flyers for Crabfest and to offer a 50 per cent discount or kids eat for free.

“Customers are always asking when the seawall will be completed – they want access to water for their children.

“We would like to have been kept informed.

“Will the seawall be finished by Crab Fest and if so, in what year?”

City chief executive Mark Newman said the sea wall reconstruction was due for completion in March, about six weeks later than planned.

“The seawall had reached the end of its life,’’ he said.

“We look forward to delivering this much-needed foreshore upgrade which will greatly enhance how residents and visitors use this space.

“We appreciate the understanding of the community and business sector during the replacement of the sea wall.”