The revitalisation of the CBD will soon be underway with local contractor Geraldton Building Services & Cabinets (GBSC) having won the tender to construct the Rocks Laneway Project.
The long-standing local building company will oversee the transformation of the Rocks building into a laneway connecting Marine Terrace to the Foreshore.
The project also includes the creation of a Town Square and ‘Ghost Office’ and upgrades to the Post Office Lane featuring public art spaces and bespoke seating.
City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Rocks Laneway Project is about diversifying public areas.
“The newly enhanced Beresford Foreshore is a bright and beautiful family friendly area used for sports and recreation whilst the West End with its painted buildings and activated laneways is a colourful and vibrant place to shop and eat,” he said.
“The Rocks Laneway Project will build on the success of these two areas whilst taking it a step further by developing a place management plan to activate the area year round with a range of events and activities, including opportunities for local artists to exhibit and perform.
“Council is always pleased to see local businesses throwing their hats in the ring for large infrastructure projects and I’d like to thank the local companies that tendered for the project.
“Not only does it keep our economy stimulated, it also keeps locals employed,” he added.
GBSC Managing Director Peter Fleay said winning the tender for the Rocks Laneway Project enabled the company to continue to work with the City on the delivery of key infrastructure projects.
“In 2015, GBSC completed the refurbishment of the Original Railway Station, now home to the Geraldton Visitor Centre, and we are currently constructing the new Geraldton-Greenough SES building at the airport,” he said.
“Through our apprenticeship and Aboriginal employment programs we are not only able to provide important employment opportunities for local people, we are enabling them to be part of projects that help make our City such a great place to live.”
Construction of the $1.48 million Rocks Laneway project is scheduled to begin in a few weeks’ time. The project is funded via the City Centre Revitalisation Budget.