The State Government will provide $3.6 million in funding for the Middleton Beach Activity Centre redevelopment that will boost tourism and jobs potential for Albany.
The 2017-18 State Budget contribution will go towards preparing the land for subdivision ahead of the sites being put to market for redevelopment.
The $3.6 million will go towards preliminary works such as electricity network upgrades, coastal protection and infrastructure, and upgrades to road, car park and pedestrian infrastructure.
Importantly, making a contribution towards coastal protection will facilitate collaboration with the future hotel site developer and the City of Albany to deliver an integrated solution to coastal protection and foreshore access.
Once the activity centre land has been prepared and subdivided, LandCorp will seek to release four mixed use sites to the market – expected in mid-2018.
The project will build on Middleton Beach’s iconic status, allowing Albany to optimise its opportunities in tourism, commercial development and employment.
Once developed, the Middleton Beach Activity Centre will become a thriving hub with new dwellings, a hotel, restaurants, cafes and a newly created community recreation space.
The first stage of the development of the Middleton Beach Activity Centre is already underway with the realignment of the southern end of Flinders Parade.
The project is projected to create up to 120 jobs during the land development phase of construction and hundreds more once businesses and the hotel are operational.
Lands Minister Rita Saffioti said “Middleton Beach is a must-see Western Australian icon that will be further enhanced by this project.
“The McGowan Government’s $3.6 million contribution will allow the land to be prepared for selling and redevelopment.
“This is Albany’s opportunity to make the most of its stunning location and provide a boost to the local economy.”
Albany MLA Peter Watson said “These funds from the State Budget will go a long way towards progressing this much-needed project to the next stage.
“We are following up further funding options with the Federal Government, who should also step up to contribute to this important project.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits the development offers to visitors and residents of Albany.”