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Funding for waterfront transformation welcomed

Funding for waterfront transformation welcomed

Bunbury’s boating community is celebrating the State Government’s $78.1 million funding injection into the further transformation of the city’s waterfront.

A major focus of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront – Stage Three, Phase One will be the construction of two new breakwaters that will support future land and marine infrastructure development.

The breakwater at Koombana Bay is expected to unlock private investment in a planned marina, while the breakwater at Casuarina Boat Harbour will support a marine service and repair precinct.

The South West Development Commission is the lead agency for the State Government project and its chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said the funding represented another step forward for the city.

“I congratulate the local marine clubs which have come together through the Bunbury Marine Facilities Alliance and worked with the State Government to build the case for improved marine facilities and infrastructure,” Ms Teede said.

“One of Bunbury’s many strengths is its amazing coastline. This project is making the city an even better place to live and visit by making the most of the waterfront.”

Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront – Stage Three, Phase One will involve:

  • Construction of a new northern breakwater at Casuarina Boat Harbour enabling further land and marine infrastructure development
  • Construction of a new breakwater at Koombana Bay (including fishing and swimming platforms) to unlock private sector investment including the establishment of a marina and new recreational boat pens;
  • Establishment of serviced hardstand areas and enabling infrastructure (lifter jetties and repair shed) at Casuarina Boat Harbour to attract additional private investment in the marine service and repair precinct, along with a site to develop an onshore boat stacking facility; and
  • Undertaking landside civil works to improve services, roads, landscaping, parking, upgrades to the existing boat launching facility and new public amenities.

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.

“Bunbury’s natural environment is one of its best assets – and we are protecting it be ensuring all environmental approvals are met for future developments,” Ms Teede said.