A Bunbury restaurant with ocean views has lost a significant amount of business over the past few weeks with the second stage of a State Government project well under way. Phase 1 works for the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project, Stage 2, started earlier this year. The works will see a revitalised southern Casuarina Drive precinct with modern public amenities available to locals and visitors, a lively precinct and a new destination for tourists and residents. But the works have resulted in a loss of activity for popular beachside restaurant, VAT2, which has experienced a significant decrease in business. VAT2 owner Jenny Spencer said that while her business was doing it tough, she was looking forward to seeing the final project come to light. “We are so thankful to have such a great local community who have thrown their support behind us during these tough times,” Ms Spencer said. “Trying to keep 20 people employed has been difficult but we are really looking forward to seeing the end result of this project.” South West Development Commission chief executive officer Mellisa Teede said the $10.8 million Casuarina Drive Redevelopment plans were informed through consultation with local residents and businesses over 18 months. “The owner of VAT2 and all residents of 2 Jetty Road Bunbury were consulted throughout the design process,” Ms Teede said. “Feedback from 2 Jetty Road residents led to changes in design including the addition of screens to public toilets and the substitution of terracing for steps in front of the Vat 2 restaurant. “The schedule of works was also changed to avoid the peak season including when the VAT2 holds beach concerts.” This month the popular dining spot’s iconic playground was taken down as part of the development project. Ms Teede said because of the deterioration of the ageing playground, the project would deliver a bigger and modernised playground for the community. “Following community feedback, access to the playground and amenities were made available over the summer to minimise disruption,” she said.