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Public thanked for feedback on marine facilities plan

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Dozens of people have taken the time to share their thoughts about plans to improve Bubury's marine facilities.

The South West Development Commission received 52 submissions, containing about 200 comments - mostly positive - during a public consultation period that began on January 16 and closed on February 7.

The State Government agency has since reviewed the feedback, which will be further considered as more detailed designs are developed in the future.

SWDC chief executive officer Don Punch thanked people who contributed their ideas about the proposal to enhance facilities at Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay.

"From the feedback we received, it is apparent that the majority of people agree with the high level concept plan," he said.

"This has given us the confidence to approach the State Government about the necessary environmental and engineering studies that need to be carried out before we have more detailed designs developed.

"The next step is to scope out what's required for these studies, and then secure funding to enable the studies to be carried out.

"There will be further opportunities for the public to have their say when it comes time to draw up more detailed designs."

Mr Punch said it was worth noting that the review of the feedback indicated a few people were under the impression that the proposed State Government funding request would go towards construction of a private marina at Koombana Bay.

"However this is not the case. The funding request will relate to environmental and engineering studies of the entire bay stretching from Casuarina Harbour to the dolphin centre," he said.

The concept plan for improved marine facilities was developed by the Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee, a group responsible for recommending options for the development of Bunbury's marine and waterfront facilities.

The committee is chaired by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli and comprises representatives from SWDC, Bunbury Marine Facilities Alliance, Bunbury Port Authority, City of Bunbury, Department of Lands, Department of Transport and LandCorp.

"Our aim is to enhance facilities for boat users and also improve public access to the waterfront so it can be enjoyed by more people," Mr Punch said.

"This is a great opportunity to develop a plan to improve public access to the waterfront, revitalise the area, improve facilities for boat users and support a rapidly developing boating industry."

The concept plan is available from www.swdc.wa.gov.au. People who have questions about the concept plan are also encouraged to contact SWDC on 9792 2000 or info@swdc.wa.gov.au

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