A $78.1 million commitment from the State Government will pave the way for further transformation of Bunbury’s waterfront, building on the considerable work already undertaken to unlock the potential of the South West coastal city.
Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront – Stage Three, Phase One will focus on the delivery of critical infrastructure that will provide foundations for long-term growth. The new funding is on top of the $34.4 million invested in Stages 1 and 2 of the project.
A key area of concentration will be the construction of new breakwaters at Casuarina Boat Harbour and Koombana Bay to support further land and marine infrastructure development.
The establishment of hardstand areas and enabling infrastructure, as well as a site to develop an onshore boat stacking facility is expected to attract investment in a marine lifting and servicing precinct at Casuarina Boat Harbour.
Landside civil works at Casuarina Boat Harbour will improve services, roads, landscaping, parking, and include upgrades to existing boat launching facilities and new public amenities.
At Koombana Bay, the establishment of a breakwater is expected to be a catalyst for investment in a proposed future marina incorporating boat pens to allow safe year-round mooring of boats.
The Koombana Bay breakwater will provide public recreation facilities including a promenade, fishing jetty and swimming platform with universal access.
The first phase of Stage Three of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront is subject to environmental approvals, with the release of funds subject to a business case.
The Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront precinct stretches from Koombana Bay to Casuarina Boat Harbour.
Stage One of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront resulted in the revitalisation of the Koombana Foreshore and the redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre. Through Stage Two, the Jetty Road causeway is being upgraded and Casuarina Drive will be redeveloped.