Bunbury’s Halifax Business Park is an even better place to invest and do business now that $3 million in State Government-funded improvements have been completed.
The last of the planned upgrades has seen properties in the original subdivision of the light industrial estate connected to infill sewerage.
About 35 properties along Halifax Drive and McCombe Road were recently connected to the central wastewater system through the infrastructure project.
Because no provision was made for sewerage during development more than 30 years ago, property owners originally installed septic tanks and leach drains for wastewater.
Martin Engineering is among the businesses benefiting from having sewerage for the first time, with manager Todd Davis saying it is a welcome improvement.
“It’s encouraging to have continuous improvements carried out in the zone, from sewerage to closed–circuit television,” Mr Davis said.
Wrek King owner Louise Reid also welcomed the enhancements, saying a range of economic, social and environmental benefits had been provided through the works.
“For us and other businesses who will move from septic tanks and leach drains to deep sewerage, it now means we are able to fully utilise our blocks including looking forward to future development on them,” Ms Reid said.
“Deep sewerage is just one of the improvements that will add to the future attraction to new businesses to the park which is something we can all benefit from.”
The infill sewerage was delivered as part of a wider enhancement project that aims to promote long-term investment and growth by improving security, safety, access and infrastructure in the precinct.
Works have included the installation of CCTV and additional lighting at strategic locations within the precinct, improving the road network by installing a slip lane at a main entrance into the business park, and sewerage.
The overall $3 million enhancement project was coordinated by the South West Development Commission, with the City of Bunbury managing the infill sewerage and turning lane components, and the Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry managing the CCTV component.
To build the case for the project, SWDC worked with local businesses and organisations such as the City of Bunbury and Bunbury Geographe Chamber of Commerce and Industry to identify the areas that could be addressed to facilitate growth. A Halifax Working Group was established to support the program of works.
“This is a great outcome for the local businesses who worked to have these improvements carried out to make the Halifax Business Park an even better place base for businesses,” Ms Teede said.
“Creating the right environment for growth is important in order to support businesses to thrive, investment to be attracted and jobs to be created.”