THE new seawall on the eastern foreshore will be completed in time for the Channel 7 Crab Fest.
Works on the $4.2 million seawall reconstruction are just weeks away from being finished, with the exposed aggregate walkway along the length of the foreshore nearing completion.
City of Mandurah chief executive Mark Newman said the contractors would not be onsite during the March 17-19 Crab Fest weekend and the work compound and fencing along the foreshore would be gone.
“There may be some minor items to finish off after the Crab Fest weekend, but people can rest assured the seawall will be open and ready to use by the time the festival comes around,’’ he said.
“We’d like to thank the community and local businesses for their support and understanding during this project and we are excited to unveil this incredible new seawall to everyone.”
The new seawall is fully funded and includes about 550m of retaining wall and associated landscaping with feature paths, walls and seats.
It features a curved design, reflecting the shapes of the Waugal Serpent and will extend into the estuary to allow extra recreation space.
The design includes a two-level limestone construction that provides protection against storm surges and retains the existing connectivity to the water.
During storms and high tides, water often ran over the previous retaining wall.
The seawall reconstruction is the first stage of the overall Mandurah Eastern Foreshore Waterfront Revitalisation and future vision.
Stage 2 is currently unfunded and reliant on attracting State and Federal funding.