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Geraldton opts for inner city life

GERALDTON’S Batavia Coast Marina is likely to become a regional version of the East Perth and Subiaco redevelopment authority areas.

The multi-million dollar project on the Geraldton foreshore will revive the city’s waterfront and create a natural extension to the existing CBD.

Infrastructure construction is expected to start in May. Remediation and forward works have already been done. As yet, the successful tenderer for the infrastructure contract has not been named.

The Batavia Coast Marina will provide opportunities for tourism, marine chandlery and retail and a range of inner city residences.

The marina site will be the home to the $6.5 million Mid West Museum with construction also expected to start in May.

Mid West Development Commission chief executive Wayne Morgan said the infrastructure contract would extend Foreshore Drive and Bayly Street into the marina and provide services such as electricity, water, gas, telephone, sewerage and road alignments.

Mr Morgan said the bulk of the infrastructure contract was expected to be completed by mid October in preparation for land sales in May.

Geraldton realtor Andrew Short First National has been appointed selling agent for stage one of the marina project. Agency principal Andrew Short said the project would bring enormous social and economic growth to the region. He said the development would open up new lifestyle options for Geraldton.

“Places such as Fremantle, Subiaco and East Perth have embraced new styles of inner city living and the cosmopolitan mix created by integrating commercial, residential and tourism facilities,” Mr Short said.

“The Batavia Coast Marina Project will take the best of these mixed use and inner city living ideas and tailor them to suit the lifestyle we enjoy here in Geraldton,” he said.

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