Work continues on Bunbury waterfront

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Work is underway on the next phase of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project.
Camera IconWork is underway on the next phase of the Transforming Bunbury's Waterfront project. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Work is under way on the next phase of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront, with more than half of the work value to be undertaken by a Bunbury business.

Stage 1 of Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project has seen the redevelopment of the Dolphin Discovery Centre and revitalisation of the Koombana Bay Foreshore.

Part of Stage 2 of the waterfront project includes landscaping and revitalisation works along Casuarina Boat Harbour, installing community amenities and improving access for residents and visitors.

“The next stage of this important project will help further unlock the area’s vast potential and draw more visitors, providing a welcome boost for the tourism industry,” Regional Development Minister Alannah MacTiernan said.

“This investment will improve accessibility for residents and encourage visitors to make Bunbury part of their itinerary in Western Australia’s South West.”

The first phase of the $10.8 million Casuarina Drive foreshore redevelopment will be completed by Environmental Industries which has committed to engaging local businesses for 60 per cent of the work value of the project.

The tender process encouraged employment opportunities for local sub-contractors and suppliers, including a specific Local Business Registration opportunity.

The work will also be staged to minimise the impact on surrounding businesses, particularly during the peak tourist season.

“The Casuarina foreshore project is creating employment and driving investment in the Bunbury region which is great for the local economy,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“With 60 per cent of the work value to be taken up by local businesses, it allows the local community to really have a sense of ownership in the project.

In addition to the Casuarina foreshore works, Stage 2 includes upgrades already under way to the Jetty Road causeway.

“This is such a popular stretch of our coast with the Back Beach on one side and Jetty Baths on the other,” Ms MacTiernan said.

“I know this project is going to be appreciated by the community for years to come.”

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