Midalia Beach reopens

Published: Wednesday, 23 August 2017 at 12:00:00 AM

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Midalia Beach has reopened to the public after the recent completion of coastal protection works to extend the groyne and breakwater.

City of Greater Geraldton Deputy Mayor Neil McIlwaine said Council is delighted to see the beach reopening at the same time warmer weather is returning.

“Council is very pleased to see the beach reopening with the return of spring,” he said.

“We were also keen to open this area as soon as possible, even though coastal protection works continue on the revetments to the north.

“Now that the beach is finally open, I’m sure we’ll see lots of people visiting the area during the upcoming school holidays.”

Project works, which also included an upgrade to the stormwater outfall, has provided positive environmental outcomes whilst mitigating the effects of coastal erosion.

“The construction of a gross pollutant trap was a key element in the stormwater upgrade which will ensure rainfall runoff going into Champion Bay is clean and free of litter,” Deputy Mayor McIlwaine said.

“The shoreline around the beach has also been revegetated with more than 60,000 native coastal seedlings to stabilise the dune system. To ensure these plants can establish themselves over the coming months we are asking members of the community to stay on the newly created paths and other designated areas.”

The beach area also features new signage at the groin and breakwater to ensure community safety and some fencing will remain in place to prevent access to ongoing revetment works scheduled for completion in late September.

“Although the Midalia Beach portion of Stage One of the Beresford Foreshore Project is complete some minor site activities will occur over the coming months to prepare the site for Stage Two enhancement works,” said Deputy Mayor McIlwaine.

“Once the detailed landscape and amenities designs for the Beresford Foreshore are finished, the project will go to tender with a tentative begin for enhancement works scheduled for early 2018.”

More information on the landscape designs is available on the City website www.cgg.wa.gov.au

The Beresford Foreshore Coastal Protection works are jointly funded with the State Government Royalties for Regions administered by the Mid West Development Commission providing $17.28 million, Mid West Ports Authority contributing $4 million.  The City is contributing $1.85 million for the amenity phase of the project.

PICTURE CAPTIONS:

Deputy Mayor Neil McIlwaine (right) and Champion Bay Ward Councillor Steve Douglas check out the recently completed coastal protection works at Midalia Beach.

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