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The Waterfront Project

The Waterfront - logo 

A Port MacDonnell Foreshore Initiative   


Project Starts

September 2017


Sea Parade

Port MacDonnell

SA 5291


Project Type


Update 19 December 2017

Final design for Stage 1 of The Waterfront has been released.

At the Council meeting on 18 December, final plans were presented for Members information, with Council envisaging that minor works would commence in February 2018, with major construction works to start in late March 2018.

Key features of Stage 1 include:

  • Jetty Plaza space
  • Information shelter
  • Feature boardwalks
  • New car parking
  • Street furniture
  • Public Art
  • Landscaping

Other notable features of the development include character planting and landscaping to suit the environment, a beach access deck from the jetty, kerbline aligned plaza entry and better connectivity between all elements such as the jetty, carpark and pathway. 


The Waterfront Aerial View

The Waterfront Jetty


The Waterfront Boardwalk


The Waterfront Information Shelter


Background Information

The Waterfront will redefine the Port MacDonnell foreshore as a tourism destination and above all will become a more attractive Place for People.

A result of the Port MacDonnell Urban Design Framework 2014, this project was voted by the community as the one with the highest priority in the township.

The Waterfront, will bring to life the foreshore space along Sea Parade by improving community facilities, providing linkages to other parts of the township, building cohesion with the recently upgraded jetty and creating an integrated space for people to enjoy.

At $1.17M, it’s a significant project to be undertaken by the District Council of Grant and has been made possible by a successful funding application to the Minister for Planning, Hon. John Rau MP. through the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure and Council’s 2017-18 Annual Budget, adopted 19 June 2017.

What is The Waterfront?

The Waterfront Project involves a co-ordinated re-development along Sea Parade, adjacent to the Port MacDonnell Jetty.

Council has given this project a long term vision, calling it 'The Waterfront'; a name that encapsulates the numerous zones within the overall space.

Stage 1 will include numerous projects:

  • A new boardwalk
  • refurbished toilets
  • new vegetation
  • jetty plaza and information shelter
  • public art
  • upgraded car park

Further development of The Waterfront will be over a second stage, with the end result being a co-ordinated approach to re-developing the entire foreshore.

Public Art

The District Council of Grant sought the provision of concepts for public artwork to be incorporated into The Waterfront, Port MacDonnell from suitably qualified professional artists.

Three were selected to be put up to the public for a vote for the piece that would add to the character of the project and create aesthetic appeal to the area. 

The winning piece with 71% of the votes was a bronze bespoke sculpture by Sydney artists Gillie and Marc, which will be inspired by the local fishing heritage of Port MacDonnell.  The sculpture will be a 165cm statue, with a lobster and lobster pot, and will be located in the jetty plaza precinct.

 The Waterfront Art

What will the project deliver?

A project such as this is a real game changer for Port MacDonnell and will transform and deliver new spaces the community can be proud of such as:

  • The Waterfront being regarded as a regional foreshore attraction
  • A space that increases usage, is safe, accessible to all, and adds to the visual appeal and beautification of the area
  • Seaside landscaping building on the strengths of the town
  • A visually appealing and improved foreshore with a plaza, boardwalk and car parking that encourages celebrations, festivals, community and regional events and connects to existing infrastructure
  • A space that appeals to all cohorts within the community
  • Positive health benefits, through physical outdoor activity and connectedness, cycling and walking along the connected pathway
  • Educational experiences on the foreshore environment through interpretive signage
  • A plaza and seating with the intent of building social capital and increasing positive mental health benefits for community members
  • New public art
  • Economic and business development in the area through increased tourism experiences.

Over time, The Waterfront will be integrated with other projects managed by Council that are listed within the Port MacDonnell Urban Design Framework 2014.

What are the benefits of this project going ahead?

The Waterfront Project offers a multitude of benefits that are economic, social, environmental and physical.

Economic benefits stem from the attraction of more visitors and residents to the area, increasing revenue for business and improving land values.

Socially the project has been planned as a place for people of all ages with the intention of improving community and social participation and cohesion by encouraging people to enjoy the outdoor space.

The Waterfront will regenerate and beautify the foreshore and township, adding value and providing infrastructure that is developed and remains over time.


The Project will commence in September 2017 following a formal announcement by Hon. John Rau, Minister for Planning on 11 July 2017.

The Waterfront - Timeline

Design Concepts and Public Comment

In the course of developing the Port MacDonnell Urban Design Framework, community consultation was sought over different phases.

Initial consultation involved a comprehensive three day program held in Port MacDonnell from Wednesday 27 November 2013 to Friday 29 November 2013 and then a draft framework was presented for review by the community.

Verbal feedback was also sought through feedback sheets, submissions or discussions with Council staff.

Changes to the draft were made based on this input and formed the final report.

The Port MacDonnell Urban Design Framework 2014 is available here.

We encourage you to visit this page to keep updated on The Waterfront project and comment can be made via Councils Feedback Page.

Link to Key Documents

District Council of Grant Annual Budget 2017-18

Port MacDonnell Urban Design Framework and Master Plan

District Council of Grant Strategic Management Plan 2016-2020

Artist's Brief for the provision of concepts for public artwork to be incorporated into The Waterfront, Port MacDonnell

Services Guide