Popular Perth Beaches Approved for Facelift

Summer in Perth is a very beautiful place to be especially with the beautiful beaches along it’s shore and the sunshine brings a lot of families and people to swim, cycle, exercise, barbecue and just have fun.

Living and working close to the ocean front for many years now, it is very exciting to know that the government have approved the face lifts of some very popular beaches.

The state government will invest $70 million to revamp three popular Perth beaches. The funds will see roads realigned to keep heavy traffic away and picnic areas established.

The initial contribution of $30 million has been provided to transform Scarborough beach and its surrounding areas. And up to $40 million has also been set aside for the realignment of Curtin Avenue, south of the Marine Parade roundabout in Cottesloe, which will assist Leighton and Port beaches.

The Premier Colin Barnett said the Scarborough works would include the beach front  as well as the entire precinct through a collaboration between the Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority, the City of Stirling and the private sector.

“Scarborough is a favourite tourist destination, but the area has recently suffered from a lack of new investment and a poor reputation, so this decision will help fulfil its enormous potential as one of the nation’s best beaches,” he said.

Works will include new pedestrian promenades along the beach front  cycling paths for the avid cyclists, landscaping, a children’s playground, public art, fitness equipment, barbecues, seating and shade along the beach, and improvements to access and car parking.

Mr Barnett said realigning Curtin Avenue, so it ran along the railway line and drew heavy traffic away from Leighton and Port beaches, would also open up more land.

“While there have been many improvements in the last decade at Leighton Beach, the Leighton Marshalling Yards remain a barren wasteland and potential danger for beach goers,” he said.

“The realignment of Curtin Avenue south of the Marine Parade roundabout will completely open up the area and bring back families and beach goers to a revitalised beach front.

“This is particularly significant for south of the river beach goers, who have grown up loving Port and Leighton beaches, but have had to dodge cars and trucks to get to the ocean.”

When completed, the revitalised beach front will feature barbecues for families, swings and picnic areas and will bring people from all over to our wonderful Perth Beaches.