The State Government’s significant transformation of Bunbury’s waterfront is gathering pace, with planning for development of Casuarina Boat Harbour moving to the next phase.
The $78.1 million Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront (TBW) Stage 3 project involves new breakwaters at Casuarina Boat Harbour and Koombana Bay, which willsupport land-based development of a hub for marine services together with enhanced space for visitors and the local community.
The State Government has awarded a $1.8 million detailed design contract to engineering consultant Advisian, to support development of key sites on the harbour and establish boat lifting, marine service and repair precinct and future boat stacking operations.
The design work will include the extension of Casuarina Drive and access to the future northern breakwater, services to existing and future lease sites and harbour infrastructure. It will also maximise opportunities for improved public spaces and amenities.
Meanwhile, Leeuwin Civil has been awarded a $1.1 million package to construct seawalls along Casuarina Beach and Jetty Baths as part of the Casuarina Drive Redevelopment.
Another contract award is expected imminently for upgrades to the trailer parking area at the boat ramp, while local Aboriginal business Koormal Group has been contracted to construct a new toilet block at the facility.
As the first project to be delivered as part of Stage 3 last year, the boat ramp was upgraded to a modern facility with a floating jetty and two-lane ramp designed to better accommodate large trailers and wide vessels.
Design of the harbour’s new northern breakwater and the eastern breakwater in Koombana Bay continues with the dredging tender process to commence in 2024.
Comments attributed to Premier Roger Cook:
“As our State’s second city, Bunbury deserves the best – and the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project is delivering an iconic new precinct for the community.
“Not only will Stage 3 provide new community assets and spaces, but it will also open significant new opportunities for marine industries in Bunbury – creating local jobs and driving new economic activity for the city.
“These works will allow us to attract private investment into the harbour precinct and bring to reality a long-held vision for Bunbury’s waterfront.”
Comments attributed to Regional Development Minister Don Punch:
“The awarding of this contract paves the way for a marine services hub for Bunbury, facilitating exciting new local business opportunities.
“The State Government continues to open up Bunbury’s potential through this transformational project – enhancing community spaces and unlocking economic opportunity.
“There have been incredible transformations so far, including the upgrades at the Jetty Road Causeway, and Casuarina Drive Redevelopment incorporating the Jetty Baths Park refresh.”