The WA Liberal Party dived into its election promises at the weekend when it announced a $3.5 million ocean pool at Bunbury’s Wyalup-Rocky Point. Liberal candidate for Bunbury Matt Foreman said the ocean pool would be the first step in the Bunbury Coastline Development Plan. “This ocean pool will be iconic to Bunbury, bring people into the city and add another fantastic amenity that can be enjoyed by local residents,” Mr Foreman said. “Tied in with the historic basalt rocks, it will be unique in Western Australia and will also help attract investment activity along the coastline to truly enhance the potential of the area. WA Liberal leader Zak Kirkup joined Mr Foreman, who officially opened his Bunbury campaign office on Sandridge Road at the weekend, to announce the party’s election commitment. “This commitment is part of the Liberals’ plan to keep WA communities together by investing in the facilities that residents deserve for a better, brighter tomorrow,” Mr Kirkup said. “Enjoying time with family and friends at the beach is a special part of the South West lifestyle and building an ocean pool at Wyalup-Rocky Point will provide another beautiful swimming location for Bunbury families and visitors to enjoy. “As part of our plan to keep our local communities together, the Liberals are proud to invest in initiatives that will encourage people to get involved in outdoor activities.” If elected, Mr Foreman said the Liberal Party would work hand in glove with the Bunbury City council to roll out the project which would start to be built in the party’s first term. “I am very confident that the project is in a very advanced stage, the city has gone through an extensive planning process and we know exactly where it will go and what it will look like,” he said. “We want to work with the City of Bunbury so everybody is reading from the same script to ensure we grow the city.” Bunbury MLA Don Punch said he was yet to see any serious planning work from the council that confirmed it was practical or possible to progress with this project as suggested. However, a feasibility study for an ocean pool was endorsed by the council last year as a priority project to put to candidates for the State Election. “The previous Liberal government was guilty of funding many large regional projects without business cases to justify them, resulting in many failures which do not deliver for communities and continue to cost ratepayers,” Mr Punch said.