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The first four months Sime Building and Construction have worked on the landscaping of the Esperance Waterfront have been spent installing vital infrastructure.

Initial tasks have included installing the foundations of retaining walls and ramps, the irrigation reticulation main line, storm water diversions, foundations for the Tanker Jetty boardwalk, and car park drainage at a new car park opposite the Cannery. This work ensures the valuable new infrastructure will be protected against erosion and sand loss.

Work is also being completed offsite. Large concrete planks that will represent jetty timber in the boardwalk leading to the Tanker Jetty are currently being precast and will arrive onsite in the coming weeks. Horticultural nurseries are growing plants from seed stock so that when the project reaches the stage of planting, established plants can be introduced. These plantings will provide shelter from wind while enhancing key views.

Since the headland, and facilities on the headland, will bring more people to that area of the waterfront, an extra car park is currently being built in front of the Cannery. Works on the headland include hardwood timber edging being installed and excavation being completed to create walking paths. Construction of the retaining walls that will support the jetty boardwalk has commenced. In a nod to the area’s history, the boardwalk will follow the alignment of the first 80 metres of decayed jetty that was removed during the construction of the headland.

Next steps will include the construction of further footpaths and the installation of the jetty boardwalk planks. Council this week awarded Sime the tender to build two toilet blocks on the waterfront. The blocks will feature beach showers as well as toilets, but will be especially interesting because the outer walls will display historical photos of Esperance.

Artist's impression of the Waterfront toilet block that will be on the headland.