Wednesday, 8 February 2017

The new seawall along the Eastern Foreshore will be completed in time for the Channel 7 Mandurah Crab Fest, the City of Mandurah’s signature annual event.

Works on the $4.2million seawall reconstruction are just weeks away from being finished, with the exposed aggregate walkway along the length of the foreshore nearing completion.

The Crab Fest will be the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors to Mandurah to enjoy the new seawall and extra grass areas.

City of Mandurah Chief Executive Officer Mark Newman said the contractors would not be onsite during the March 17-19 Crab Fest weekend, and the work compound and fencing along the foreshore would be gone.

“There may be some minor items to finish off after the Crab Fest weekend, however people can rest assured that the seawall will be open and ready to use by the time our highlight festival comes around,” he said.

“We encourage people to come along and enjoy our beautiful foreshore spaces at the Crab Fest and beyond; Mandurah is well and truly open for business.

“We’d like to thank the community and local businesses for their support and understanding during this project, we are excited to unveil this incredible new seawall to everyone.”

The new seawall is fully funded and includes approximately 550m of retaining wall, and associated landscaping with feature paths, walls and seats. It features a curved design, reflecting the shapes of the Waugal Serpent, and will extend into the estuary to allow for extra recreation space.

The design includes a two-level limestone construction that provides protection against storm surges, and retains the existing connectivity to the water. During storms and high tides, water often overtopped the previous retaining wall.

The ageing Eastern Foreshore seawall had reached the end of its useful life and was in urgent need of replacement.

The seawall reconstruction is the first stage of the overall Mandurah Eastern Foreshore Waterfront Revitalisation and future vision. The stage two vision of the project is currently not funded and is reliant on attracting State and Federal funding to go ahead.