The City of Greater Geraldton Council endorses a plan to allow the West End Revitalisation project to proceed to the next stage.
At last night’s Council meeting the Councillors authorised a motion to call for tenders for the construction of the Multi-User Facility and Youth Precinct.
City of Great Geraldton Mayor Ian Carpenter said these two elements formed the final stage of the redevelopment of the Geraldton Foreshore.
“The revitalization of the Geraldton Foreshore commenced in the early 2000’s, with the vision of turning an industrial brownfield site into an integrated public space that the whole community could enjoy,” Mr Carpenter said.
“The final stage of the West End Revitalisation project will see the creation of a new Multi User Facility, which will house various community groups as well as having an open stage area and public open space for community events such as the Australia Day celebrations.”
The Multi-User Facility will be home to the Geraldton Volunteer Marine Rescue Group, TS Morrow and the Geraldton and Districts Offshore Fishing Club. There will also be a function room available to the community and three classrooms for hire.
Mr Carpenter said the design of the Youth Precinct resulted from extensive consultation with the City’s young people.
“We held several workshops to find out exactly what should be included in the Youth Precinct. The area will consist of a high level climbing structure and a ‘rage cage’ that can be used for various sporting events and functions, as well as a DJ booth and outside table tennis and foosball tables,” he said.
“This project will see the completion of the redevelopment of the Geraldton Foreshore, activate the West End and help cement Geraldton as a must see tourist destination.”
Mr Carpenter said as part of the tenders the City is now implementing separable portions to the tender process.
“This means that the tender will be broken into sub sections. The benefit of this is that more local contractors can be involved in the work. When the City has received all tenders, the item will then go back to Council to get approval on the final spend and whether the works should be staged,” he said.