Koombana Bay revamp to start

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
An artist's impression of a transformed Koombana Bay foreshore.
Camera IconAn artist's impression of a transformed Koombana Bay foreshore. Credit: South West Development Commission / South Western Times

A multi-million dollar project to transform Koombana Bay foreshore is set to start after Bunbury City Council gave plans the tick of approval.

The council last night endorsed designs from Ertech Holdings – the same company which upgraded Koombana Drive – to transform the area at a cost of $10.8 million.

The project which includes an impressive new footbridge over The Plug, upgrades to the kiosk and an amphitheatre is due to be complete by December this year.

The work is part of the Stage one of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project, a joint effort between the council and South West Development Commission and funded through the State Government’s Royalties For Regions Growing Our South Initiative.

Work is expected to begin after Easter.

Landscape design of Koombana Bay transformation.
Camera IconLandscape design of Koombana Bay transformation. Credit: Bunbury City Council / South Western Times

Key facts about the Koombana Bay revitalisation include:

Access to the beach will be limited during construction and at times it will be fully closed to the public;

Access to the Dolphin Discovery Centre and Koombana Bay Sailing Club will be maintained;

Construction of 100 extra parking bays, taking the total to almost 400;

Improved traffic access, including left turn only from Anchorage Cove to Koombana Drive;

A pedestrian promenade along the beach;

Iconic pedestrian bridge over The Plug that links the CBD and Koombana Bay;

Revamped kiosk and public amenities;

Improved beach access, including disabled access;

Amphitheatre and shaded areas;

Coastal sea wall to address erosion issues;

Extensive landscaped areas overlooking the beach, including the relocation of car parks closer to Koombana Drive;

Removal of the old train line;

Construction of an accessible playground.

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