Fences, a sign of change and a reason for optimism.
Bunbury is continuing to evolve with a string of private and government investment injecting life and energy into the City.
Much of this activity we are seeing right now across Bunbury.
You can’t miss the City’s progression as you drive along the scenic Koombana Drive.
Work has recently started at Lot 1881 Koombana Drive, with the Discovery Holiday Park expansion.
A $9 million dollar injection into the popular tourist destination will see new tourist cabins and both powered and unpowered camp sites added to the park.
Adjacent to Discovery Holiday Park at Mangrove Cove, the State Government is due to announce the construction of a new accessible nature-play focused playground as well as an accessible toilet block and landscaping to complement the existing lookout tower.
Further along Koombana Drive, turn left between Discovery Holiday Park and Quest Apartments and you will find Sykes Foreshore.
The now popular gathering space for families features a new playground, barbecue area and toilets and will soon be home to a shipwreck themed Splash Park.
Just 300 metres closer to the City…..more fences.
The $6.5 million Youth Precinct development driven by the Bunbury’s youth and community groups like Bunbury Needs a New Skate Park, has broken ground.
Hailed as a space for the whole community to enjoy, it is set to feature a new skate park, event and performance space, maze, art installation, shade structures, chill out areas, multi-sports court and parkour park.
The project was recently given a boost through a $2.5 million grant thanks to the State Government and major supporter Lotterywest.
Look across the road and you will see the Koombana North development in full swing.
The façade of Lot 42 Holman Street is nearing completion, a $9 million investment into apartments and mixed use.
It doesn’t end there.
Works have started at one of the more spoken about development sites in Bunbury, located at 12 Victoria Street.
Exmouth’s Froth Craft Brewery last year made the announcement they would be expanding their operations and bringing their popular boutique brewery to Bunbury.
Plans for the venue include a bar, café, on-site brewing facility and both a children’s play area and beer garden overlooking Guppy Park.
A highly anticipated and welcome addition to the CBD’s evolving hospitality scene no doubt.
Watch this space as well for another popular Bunbury business with plans to expand into a larger venue later this year.
Stage two of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront is in full swing with work continuing down at Casuarina Drive, a $10.8 million development into public facilities at the popular beachfront location.
On the commercial front, work has begun on the Stirling Centre redevelopment.
The $15 million proposal includes the demolition of the former shopping centre to make way for a modern four-storey office building that will house more than 300 employees in the CBD.
The sporting community won’t miss out either with work continuing to improve facilities at Hay Park thanks to State Government funding as well as commitments at the recent state election to improve facilities at the South West Sports Centre.
Also along Bussell Highway, work is about to begin on a $17 million redevelopment at the Bunbury Turf Club.
These projects and investments not only benefit the local community and entice visitors, importantly they generate local jobs.
Let’s hope we see more fences going up around Bunbury for years to come.
Local storyteller Memories of Bunbury recently captured many of these developments across the City: https://www.facebook.com/memoriesbunbury/posts/1841850889321726