Maidens Reserve portion of Kalgalup Regional Park to feature lookout tower

Jacinta CantatoreSouth Western Times
View towards Bunbury over the tuart forest.
Camera IconView towards Bunbury over the tuart forest. Credit: DBCA/Shem Bisluk, DBCA.

A proposal to build a lookout tower at Maidens Reserve could heighten the visitor experience at one of Bunbury’s best beachfront vantage points.

The State Government has opened a construction contract tender to build a scenic lookout at the park as part of its $10.5 million push to create the 3100ha Kalgulup Regional Park in Bunbury.

The proposed upgrades would be targeted towards providing a focal point for locals and visitors and provide amenities such as seating, shade, and a wheelchair-accessible pathway through the forest.

Bunbury Mayor Jaysen Miguel welcomed the announcement.

“This project will complement the City’s recently completed upgrades to the popular area, which included a new playground, upgraded car parking and toilet facilities,” Mr Miguel said.

“The lookout upgrades will also see a wheelchair accessible pathway with shade, seating and interpretive signs, making Maidens Reserve a truly family-friendly and accessible area, and a space for tourists to visit while in Bunbury.”

The word Kalgulup means “place of fire” or “place of burning campfires” in Noongar, the traditional name chosen out of respect to the culturally significant area.

Environment Minister Amber-Jade Sanderson said the upgrades would provide more opportunities for people to enjoy Bunbury’s great outdoors.

“These proposed redevelopments are part of the WA Government’s commitment to maintain and improve the environmental, recreational, social and cultural values for the residents of Bunbury and its surrounds.

“I’m looking forward to seeing this project come to life.”

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