Thanks to being unable to travel internationally, the last two years have probably had more Western Australian’s visiting their own Broome backyard than ever before, enjoying those famed Cable Beach sunsets.
To get there many would have noticed the Cable Beach foreshore area, which while nice is pretty sparse outside of Zanders Cafe and a massive carpark.
It’s something the Shire Of Broome is looking to change in the next couple of years, and the much-anticipated $36.5 million foreshore redevelopment entered its next phase this past week.
The first community information sessions have been held and while most agree the development – featuring a water play area, larger amphitheatre and more shaded areas – is warranted, there are some reservations about beach access and where the new car park will be.
Over the next couple of weeks locals and visitors will be able to check out a Community Info Display on the project at the Broome Library, before the concept detailed design is completed over April and May following feedback.
Landscape architect Josh Byrne, who has worked on the concepts, said it was an encouraging start to the process: “There’s always going to be mixed responses and it never ceases to surprise me that you do get good ideas coming through all the time.”
With the detailed design scheduled to be completed by August/September of this year followed by the final Tender Process, construction could begin by March next year.
The redevelopment is projected to provide over 170 jobs, and add over $80 million to the WA economy.
Learn more about the proposal via the Cable Beach Redevelopment Website.