Rocks revamp opens City to Foreshore

Published: Tuesday, 11 December 2018 at 9:53:19 AM

The former Rocks Newsagency building is about to receive the makeover of a lifetime and become a vital link connecting retailers with the Foreshore.

Construction works involve paring back the building to reveal its roof structure and let natural light into the inside space which will feature seating areas, public art displays, greenery and two universal access public toilets. 

The transformation is part of the Rocks Laneway Project, which is set to revitalise central Marine Terrace by bringing vibrancy into the heart of the CBD.

City of Greater Geraldton Mayor Shane Van Styn said the Rocks Laneway Project is also about creating and fostering new opportunities for the community.

“Embracing our identity as a coastal City is long overdue and I am thrilled that we are finally taking the first step to turn the CBD around to face our beautiful Foreshore,” he said.

“Even though the two areas are so close together and many people travel on foot between Foreshore Drive and Marine Terrace, having direct access will make a huge difference.

“Especially for people looking to get out of the wind or for those who just want to sit and relax in the shade after a bit of shopping.”

However, the Rocks Laneway isn’t just about pedestrian access it’s about place making.

“The Laneway will provide a focal point for the Public Arts Strategy by acting as a hub and incubator for Geraldton’s artistic community via an annual arts program,” said Mayor Van Styn.

“This highly flexible space could be used for a variety of workshops, activities and events including a potential exhibition of works for local emerging and accomplished artists.”

The pavement in the building will also feature a colourful meta graphic that artistically represents yellow, pink and white wildflowers on a bed of dark green sea grass.  Extending across Marine Terrace and along the Post Office Laneway to Chapman Road, the graphic, which is a significant piece of art in its own right, also acts as a way finder for residents and visitors through the laneway.

Construction of the project is expected to begin early next year with an estimated date of completion for September 2019.

Rocks Building From Marine Terrace

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