Stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is set to start today, after the City of Rockingham signed a construction agreement with civil engineering contractor Ertech.

This first stage of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation project comprises three key areas: Railway Terrace, the Beach Plaza and The Boardwalk.

Works will be carried out along the full length of Railway Terrace and along the Boardwalk to Val Street until 7 December 2018, when construction will cease during the busy summer period.

The site will be open to the public over the summer school holidays, with construction due to recommence on 18 February 2019.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation would breathe new life into the area.

“The Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation will change the face of the foreshore precinct as we know it,” Mayor Sammels said.

“While there will be some slight inconveniences during construction, an improved foreshore will benefit both locals and visitors well into the future, becoming a place that is recognised on a local, state and national level.

“It will also enable local businesses to capitalise on the unique features of this iconic location and leverage its increasing popularity into even greater success.”

On Railway Terrace parking will be modified to improve safety, with a new streetscape, artwork and trees all going in. The changes will create more opportunities for alfresco dining and allow for an improved pedestrian experience.

The Railway Terrace horseshoe carpark will be closed from Monday 30 July and will be transformed into the Beach Plaza – an exciting pedestrian and events space which connects the City and the sea. The Beach Plaza will become a focal point for major events and celebrations and will be a place for people to be active, explore or relax.

Parking on the remainder of Railway Terrace will be unavailable from Monday 6 August until the end of November 2018, with a focus to be placed on the major engineering works prior to the summer shutdown.

Meanwhile, The Boardwalk will be expanded and modified to allow for more alfresco dining, better movement of pedestrians and to provide a better connection to the foreshore’s unique north facing beach.

Despite the works, Mayor Sammels said it would be business as usual at the foreshore.

“Over the summer holidays the City will still be hosting its much loved New Year’s Eve and Australia Day events as usual with the Christmas Lights and Festival being held at Flinders Lane,” he said.

“Businesses will remain open throughout, with pedestrian access also to be maintained around the foreshore.”

Stage one of the Rockingham Beach Foreshore Revitalisation is expected to be completed by September 2019.

To receive all the latest information on the project, sign up to Rock Port and select “New Infrastructure Projects” as an interest.

Some important things to be aware of:

The Railway Terrace (Horseshoe carpark) will be closed permanently from Monday 30 July 2018.

A Site Office will be installed at Churchill Park west.

Railway Terrace between Rockingham Beach Road and Kent Street will be temporarily closed from Monday 6 August to Friday 30 November 2018.

Bus 555 terminus stop will move to Kent Street.

Alternate parking options are available at:

Village Green

Museum Carpark (corner Kent Street/Flinders Lane)

Rockingham Beach Road

Flinders Lane & Wanliss Street carparks.

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