Surf reef design work to start

Two people by the beach

Detailed design work for the Albany Surf Reef will start in 2020 following the award of a tender by the City of Albany to Bluecoast Consulting Engineering. Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan and City of Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington announced the tender at Middleton Beach on Friday 13 December.

Ms MacTiernan said the State Government had allocated $5 million to the artificial reef. The Government has provided $500,000 to the City of Albany to progress the detailed design phase of the project.

Ms MacTiernan said the tender announcement was an important milestone for the surf reef initiative.

“The surf reef will be a real boon for Albany, offering yet another tourism drawcard and providing locals a more reliable surf break,” Ms MacTiernan said.

Bluecoast Consulting specialises in coastal engineering and has previously worked on beachfront adaptations from Middleton Beach to Emu Point. Assessment of the tender was aided by expertise from the Wave Energy Research Centre (WERC), which will also have a role as a peer reviewer of the proposed design.

Ms MacTiernan said it was invaluable to have access to the expertise of scientists from the wave research team.

“It is fantastic to see the Wave Energy Research Centre involved in this project: our investment in the centre has brought world-leading marine scientists to Albany, and will help to ensure the surf reef is designed to fit Albany's unique coastal conditions.”

The GSDC is a member of the Albany Artificial Surf Reef Project Steering Group.

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