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Reopening of Koombana Bay footbridge celebrated

Friday, 26 September 2014

As the weather warms up, there's good news for pedestrians and cyclists in Bunbury wanting to travel between the city centre and Koombana Bay - the footbridge has reopened.

Just over a year after it was closed to the public for safety reasons, the structure is once again providing a safe passage along busy Koombana Drive, as well as easy access to some of the city's most popular waterfront areas and attractions.

The reopening follows efforts by a subgroup of the Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee to ensure crucial refurbishment works, including the installation of new decks, were carried out.

Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, who chairs the committee, congratulated all parties involved for coming together and producing a positive outcome for locals and visitors alike.

"I am extremely pleased to see this important bridge re-open in plenty of time for summer, so that local residents and visitors alike can enjoy easier access around our waterfront areas," Mr Castrilli said.

"This is an important pedestrian and cycling link between the waterways so we can take full advantage of the unique natural assets in the area.

"While there have been frustrations along the way, the footbridge working group is a great example of what can happen when our community works together."

Footbridge working group committee chairman Stephen Down agreed the reopening of the bridge was an excellent example of local people and organisations coming together.

"It has been a great collaboration between community, business and local and state government," he said.

"The input from WorleyParsons and RCR has been instrumental in achieving this outcome.

"The work undertaken by the City of Bunbury has been fantastic together with the support of the Public Transport Authority, and we are grateful to LandCorp for its contribution to the refurbishment costs.

"I am delighted our efforts have paid off and people can now walk along the foreshore without needing to go on the main road.
"The bridge is a vital piece of infrastructure for the area that provides a continual link between Koombana and the Marlston areas, and will enhance the future development of the foreshore."

Though works have been carried out to get the bridge reopened, there are still minor works to be undertaken in the near future.

The Bunbury Marine Facilities Steering Committee, which is responsible for recommending options for the development of Bunbury's marine and waterfront facilities, is chaired by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli. It comprises representatives from the Bunbury Marine Facilities Alliance, Bunbury Port Authority, City of Bunbury, Department of Lands, Department of Transport, LandCorp and South West Development Commission.

The footbridge working group, which formed in January, is comprised of representatives from the Bunbury Marine Facilities Alliance, City of Bunbury, Department of Transport, LandCorp and WorleyParsons, as well as the Bunbury MLA and members of the community and local industry.

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