The Foreshore Development: the Key to a Better Lifestyle in Geraldton

Since we began offering prime land in our master planned community Geraldton Heights, we have become a hub for information for all things having to do with real estate and Geraldton. Consequently, we have been paying a lot more attention to statistics, developments and projections involving Geraldton and the Mid West region.

Geraldton Property Team about  the Foreshore Development

Since 2004, Geraldton has been redeveloping its foreshore, located between Champion Bay and the Geraldton CBD. The WA government committed funding in 2004 and 2007, while the Australian Government kicked in $4.9 million through the Regional Development Australia Fund (RDAF) in 2012.

In 2009, the Council communicated that it wanted to achieve a number of high-level outcomes. These included a more vibrant CBD, better utilisation of the coast and its infrastructure and more engagement with citizens of Geraldton. They also wanted to improve the decision-making process concerning projects such as the Foreshore development.

Consequently, the Council of Geraldton-Greenough surveyed their residents to see how they felt about the Foreshore development. The findings provide insight into the importance of the Foreshore to the lifestyle in Geraldton and the wants and needs of the community.

Of those who responded to the survey, more than half said they had visited the Foreshore within the past 7 days, while 78% had visited within the past month. 40% of those who visited cycled or walked. While the consensus was that residents don’t want to see the Foreshore over-commercialised, over 70% said they were in favour of developments such as cafés to promote a vibrant Foreshore.

90% responded that it was important to retain the views of the ocean from Foreshore Drive; over 50% were in favour of facilities for children and families. Many residents prefer to have a multi-purpose centre and public squares. A majority of respondents also favoured more shade, more shelter, more barbeques, more public toilets, more parking, a fishing jetty and a pontoon.

60% were supportive of commercial developments for the Beresford Foreshore, with slightly more in favour of commercial developments for the central and southern sections. Comment sections were provided and included issues such as wanting more parking and more security.

The survey found that most residents get their information about the Foreshore from other people or the local newspaper. Approximately 47% felt that they were well-informed about the Foreshore and were happy with the performance of the Council. A majority said that they would be amenable to having newsletters sent to them to keep them abreast of Foreshore developments.

The Verdict: Geraldton Cares About the Foreshore

The main takeaway here is that the people and property owners in Geraldton care a lot about what happens to the Foreshore. They want growth and they want it to attract more tourism, but they don’t want it to be so big that it spoils the characteristics that make Geraldton Geraldton.

Geraldton’s population has seen slow but steady growth. In 2001, it was 34,019. By 2011, it had grown to 38,340 for an increase of 12.7% over 10 years, but 2.5% from 2011 to 2012.

In 2006, the WA government’s planning department projected a population for Geraldton of between 46,300 and 58,200 by 2026. The models were based on a low estimate of 1.3% annual population growth and a high of 2.4% annual population growth. We believe that the projections are off the mark and that Geraldton will see more growth in the future.

The Mid West Projection

The Mid West region, with a population of 55,000 in 2011, is projected to grow to as many as 80,000 by 2021 as it makes the transition from an agricultural hub to a more diverse economy. The numbers come from the Mid West Development Commission (MWDC), who also report that over $19 billion will be spent on projects in the region by 2021.

These projects are expected to bring in different industries and bolster the region’s infrastructure. The mining industry has already changed Geraldton somewhat and the Oakajee Deepwater Port and Rail infrastructure could bring massive changes to the region, as it will create as many as 2,000 jobs for construction workers alone.

Science projects such as the Australia and New Zealand Square Kilometre Array project are considering relocating or expanding to Geraldton and the city will soon obtain state of the art broadband and communication capabilities. By 2033, most forecasters believe that the population of the Mid West region will double.

As population grows, many feel that a vibrant Foreshore is crucial to sustaining Geraldton’s quality of life—our property team agrees.

For information about the house and land packages in Geraldton Heights Estate, a master planned estate in greater Geraldton, call 4Land Property Group on (08) 9301 4445.