Who else is excited about the improvements we are enjoying around town! Can't wait to see what the end result of the Cable Beach redevelopment will look like. Make sure you take a moment to read and have your say - the shire is currently asking for community input.
The Cable Beach Foreshore Master Plan (CBFMP) was adopted by Council at its Ordinary Meeting of Council on 19 October 2017, while a Business Case was completed in May 2020.
Improvements set out in the Master Plan include reconfiguring the car park to create a new beach park; creation of a new entry plaza and an upgraded entry with public art, entry statement, garden bed and tree planting; increased ocean views from the site; universal access across the foreshore area; and a the potential for a buried seawall to manage coastal erosion.
What will the Cable Beach Foreshore Redevelopment consist of?
The redevelopment of Cable Beach Foreshore could transition one of Broome’s high-quality natural assets into a global drawcard. The Council has endorsed a Master Plan, which was completed in 2017, and a Business Case, which was completed in May 2020.
The project explores many open design components including a new promenade, an amphitheatre upgrade and activation spaces. Other features include the renovation of the Broome Surf Lifesaving Club, upgrade of the Cable Beach car park and the provision of new access options to the beach.
The redevelopment could offer commercial and business opportunities and would link together some of the town’s major tourism, cultural and leisure attractions.
Why is this a major focus for the Shire?
In recent years the Shire has invested significant funds and channelled major energy to see positive infrastructure improvements at Town Beach and in Chinatown. It makes sense that Cable Beach would be the next precinct in line to be refreshed.
The project is a major focus for the Shire because the upgrades will prove to be a major asset for Broome, attract more visitors to our region and provide the community with improved spaces in the Cable Beach area, including an iconic waterplay area and event space.
The Cable Beach Foreshore Redevelopment is a $36.5 million project, with the Shire already committing over $1 million.
What stage is the project at?
The project’s Business Case has been completed and the Cable Beach Foreshore Redevelopment is a shovel-ready project that the Shire hopes will attract Government funding. The Shire has commenced lobbying efforts with the State and Federal Governments.
The project was included in the 3-Year Broome COVID-19 Recovery Plan, which has been collated by the Shire and our Broome stakeholders to stimulate the local economy. More information and the plan can be viewed here.
The Shire Council endorsed the 2021-22 Budget at the June 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council, which includes a funding commitment of $867,815 towards the detailed design phase of the project.
Josh Byrne & Associates were selected as the preferred contractor to complete detailed design at the June 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council. A Community Engagement Plan was endorsed at the September 2021 Ordinary Meeting of Council, while Expressions of Interest to join a Community and Stakeholder Reference Group are open until November 9, 2021.
What coastal protection measures are being undertaken ahead of the project?
At June 2021's Ordinary Meeting of Council, two coastal protection options were endorsed – sand nourishment and the implementation of an exposed geotextile sand container revetment.
Sand nourishment is based on increasing the coastal dune buffer using sand and will require ongoing coastal monitoring and maintenance of erosion buffers to be effective.
The sand container revetment will help to protect the existing dune system by providing a more robust dune edge and is a method used frequently in other coastal areas of Australia.
It is important to note there will be minimal impact to the current dune system, while the other options that were not endorsed would have had a more significant environmental, aesthetic and cultural impact.
A copy of the adopted Cable Beach Foreshore Master Plan and further information can be found on the original Broome Shire article available here.