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Overall vision for transforming waterfront supported

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Feedback obtained through recent public consultation has revealed that the vision for transforming Bunbury's waterfront has the support of the majority of the public.

The South West Development Commission-coordinated public comment period in October resulted in the State Government agency receiving about 170 responses, mostly from residents of Greater Bunbury.

Of the submissions received, 95 per cent indicated approval for the overall idea for breathing new life into the city's waterfront.

SWDC chief executive officer Don Punch said the generally positive nature of the responses meant that the committee responsible for coordinating the project was confident that it was on the right track.

"We will be looking at tweaking some of the minor details within the vision as a result of comments submitted, but the overall message received is that people are looking forward to seeing the vision realised and want the project to proceed as soon as possible," Mr Punch said.

"The public consultation highlighted the importance of amenity.

"It also underlined the opportunities for new mixed-used development and found that people were focused on the importance of marine infrastructure for the growing boating community.

"There were some concerns about water quality and these will be dealt with through the environmental review process, which already has $1million in Royalties for Regions funding allocated to it."

Bunbury MLA John Castrilli said people had told him they were excited about the potential for new areas for people of all ages to enjoy.

"Whether people want to go for a leisurely walk along the public promenade and watch the boats sail past, or enjoy improved facilities at the dolphin centre and better access to the beach, it is important that the planning caters for all needs," Mr Castrilli said.

"Boat users and marine infrastructure are of course a central part of the plans, but the public accessibility and enjoyment is also a major factor in the success of this project."

The first phase of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project includes the revitalisation of the Koombana Bay foreshore and redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre.

This would be followed by the enhancement of public open space along Casuarina Drive, and upgrades to Jetty Road.

Finally, Casuarina Boat Harbour and the Outer Harbour would be transformed through the creation of a marina and marine industry facilities.

The project is expected to improve the city's shorelines for community use, as well as boost the local tourism and marine facilities.

Other benefits are expected to include better connectivity between the waterfront and central business district, and opportunities for encouraging new investment in the city.

The Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront committee is chaired by Bunbury MLA John Castrilli, coordinated by SWDC and includes representatives from a range of organisations.

For more information about the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project, visit www.swdc.wa.gov.au .

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