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Next step in plan to improve Bunbury’s marine facilities

Friday, 30 May 2014

A proposal to enhance Bunbury's marine facilities has moved ahead with the South West Development Commission appointing a consultant to scope out the studies required for the project to progress.

SWDC chief executive officer Don Punch said consultancy firm RPS had been awarded the contract to identify what environmental and engineering studies need to be undertaken.

"It is necessary to take a close look at what relevant research has already been carried out and where the gaps in knowledge might be before undertaking further work," he said.

"When the scoping study is complete, we will have direction for moving ahead with the environmental and engineering studies.

"When all studies are complete and we have a better idea of any impact - if any - the proposed new structures might have on Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay, more detailed concept plans can then be drawn up for public comment.

"One of the expected outcomes of the project, should it proceed, is a greatly expanded waterfront area directly supporting the marine industry.

"Jobs growth is expected to occur in marine maintenance, boat building, marine services and retail."

The concept plan presented to the public earlier this year involves the creation of new marine facilities at Casuarina Harbour and Koombana Bay, including the development of a 250-pen marina and marine hub.

The plan 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.

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