$23.1million secured for Beresford Foreshore works

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, Ian Blayney MLA, Paul Brown MLC and Minister Terry Redman.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn, Ian Blayney MLA, Paul Brown MLC and Minister Terry Redman.

A total of $23.1million has been announced for erosion works along the Beresford Foreshore.

Minister for Regional Development and Lands Terry Redman was in Geraldton yesterday and made the announcement which includes $17.28million from the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program, $4million from Mid West Ports and $1.85million from the City of Greater Geraldton.

The project will involve off-shore works to mitigate erosion including a protective 100 metre breakwater extension to the detached breakwater, a 45m extension to the existing groyne and three shore based retaining structures.

Public amenities will also be included in the works which will be funded by the City’s contribution.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said he was happy to hear Minister Redman say the works would help enhance and unlock the area and create a space that people want to be a part of.

“We’ve been working constructively with the State Government for more than two years and this is the best outcome we could have hoped for,” Mayor Van Styn said.

“This is a great collaborative effort between many parties to finally bring together a long term solution for our coast.

“It has taken some time but this is a very significant start and we look forward to continuing the discussions to ensure the best result for our whole city,” Mayor Van Styn added.

The City undertook engagement workshops with the community to develop a priority list of amenities to be included in the staged development of Beresford Foreshore.

Local residents had their say on the repair of damaged paths and landscaping, the replacement of facilities already lost from erosion and the inclusion of other amenities.

Amenity works on the foreshore will include landscaping, barbecues, picnic settings, benches, bicycle racks, showers, play equipment, lighting, drinking fountains and shade structures.

The works led by the City are set to be completed mid 2018 with tenders to go out in approximately four weeks.