Waterfront project makes waves

Grant District Council’s almost $1m second-stage Port MacDonnell waterfront redevelopment will officially open tomorrow, providing a boost of fun for our community and tourists alike.

The $930,000 project started in October 2020 and has transformed the town entrance and play precinct, while connecting the works undertaken in Stage 1 across the Port MacDonnell foreshore. With a new state-of-the-art all-abilities playground, the facility combines adventure and nature play as well as the region’s first free water play space.

In addition, the precinct is complemented by new barbecue areas with tables and seating where families and visitors will be able to gather and enjoy the beautiful facility and landscape.

Mayor Richard Sage said the community had been involved in the project since its inception, adding that he was extremely impressed with the Stage 2 Waterfront Redevelopment.

“Council has worked with our community partners throughout the project, from involving students in picking the types of play equipment to be installed, to our indigenous partners who have weaved art, storytelling and native flora into the space, to the Port MacDonnell Men’s Shed who created the sensory poles,” Mayor Sage said. “It is clear the success of the space is down to working together to deliver a precinct that is not only beautiful but fun for everyone.”

Mayor Sage said the project also helped boost the region’s economy, with primarily local contractors engaged to deliver the Stage 2 Waterfront Redevelopment. “Local contractors and materials have been used throughout the project which puts money back into the community and provides local employment opportunities,” he said.

“Some specialist services and materials had to be sourced from outside the region, however, where possible we have kept local. “Most of the wood used across the Waterfront Redevelopment came from the old town jetty, linking the old with the new.”

Council chief executive Darryl Whicker thanked all involved in the planning and delivery of the Stage 2 Waterfront Redevelopment. “Thank you to the community, staff and contractors who have worked in collaboration to deliver this amazing space for our residents and visitors,” he said.

“This new space will be a destination in the region and I look forward to local businesses and the community as a whole enjoying the rewards of the Stage 2 Waterfront Redevelopment.”

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