Rockingham gets Federal help for foreshore revamp

THE City of Rockingham has received a $5 million grant from the Federal Government’s National Stronger Regions Fund to put towards the $10 million first stage of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation Project.

Council adopted the Rockingham Foreshore Master Plan in July to guide the evolution and redevelopment of the key public spaces at Rockingham Beach.

The master plan was conceived out of the City’s desire to improve economic and social conditions within the local area and the broader region, and it identified a number of improvements to the foreshore that are hoped will deliver an enhanced recreational experience and be the catalyst for economic growth in the City.

Mayor Barry Sammels said he was delighted the City had received financial support for the project and was looking forward to the project commencing in 2016.

“It was a very strong application from our planning team, based on considerable community consultation, so we were optimistic that we would receive Federal funding,” he said.

“The City has allocated $5 million in the business plan to match this grant funding, so we will now proceed with the detailed design of the project prior to entering the procurement and delivery phase.

“(The foreshore revitalisation) project is a cornerstone of our comprehensive Economic Development Strategy and should be a significant attractor for investment in a major hotel along Rockingham Beach Road.”

The $10 million stage one of the master plan will transform Railway Terrace from a car-dominated space into a distinctive, pedestrian focused, community destination featuring tree planting, street furniture and widened footpaths.

The boardwalk area will be extended to accommodate more alfresco dining and create a better connection between the eastern and western foreshore to ensure a more integrated environment.

A central element of the project will be a beach plaza, which will provide an uninterrupted connection to the beach and accommodate regular festive activities and small scale performances.

The existing carpark at the end of Wanliss Street will be duplicated to create about 80 additional parking bays.

The complete Rockingham Beach Revitalisation project will comprise a number of future stages at a cost of approximately $40 million.