RAINE & Horne Rockingham Beach principal Paul Curran has thrown his support behind local businesses struggling in the wake of the foreshore development.

He said it was very quiet for the cafes, restaurants and shops, which had reported a significant decline in customer numbers.

Businesses in Scarborough also suffered through its foreshore redevelopment, with several closing.

Mr Curran said Rockingham businesses were told their experience would be better.

Rockingham Foreshore parking issues

“We were told it will be good at the end, but you have to get to the end,” he said.

“It’s taking a long time and we don’t want to see local businesses close.”

While construction on the revitalisation project paused on December 8 to minimise interruption to visitors and businesses over the busy summer period, it recommenced on February 18.

Mr Curran said the break was of little benefit, with various parts of the foreshore blocked and intermittent works.

“People are deterred from visiting the foreshore; they don’t know what is open and whether it will be easy to get to,” he said.

“We want them to know shops and cafes are open and to come down and support these businesses.”

Artist’s impressions of the redevelopment

Businesses can expect more disruption, with the revitalisation project not expected to be completed until September 30.

To help generate support for foreshore businesses, Mr Curran has created a website with the assistance of M4Media.

The Rockingham Foreshore site includes direct links to the local businesses’ websites or Facebook pages, along with news on the development, community and local area, and properties for sale.

There is no cost for a business to be involved.

Rockingham business owners appeal for support

“We want our local businesses to succeed and survive,” Mr Curran said.

“It’s a great marketing opportunity and great place to see what is available in one spot.

“We are also encouraging local businesses to offer unique discounts and specials that will only be available on the site.”

Mr Curran said local businesses were the backbone of the community and it was important to support them and shop locally.

“If you don’t shop locally, they won’t thrive and continue, reducing the opportunities for our youth,” he said.

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