Bay transformation is under way
While work on one of Bunbury’s biggest projects is well and truly under way, the city’s leaders officially marked the start of the Koombana Bay foreshore revitalisation on Friday.
Contractors have moved in and started preparation works and demolition in an effort to create a “blank canvas” for the major upgrades as part of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project.
Mayor Gary Brennan, Bunbury MLA Don Punch and South West Development Commission infrastructure assistant director Ashley Clements were on site last week to officially mark the start. Mr Brennan said it was exciting to see the transformation that had already taken place.
“This is a significant project that will reinvigorate a much-loved part of Bunbury that has been popular with locals and visitors alike for generations,” Mr Brennan said.
“To see the scale of work already undertaken is encouraging and I look forward to following the progress as the area is transformed into a world-class foreshore.”
The footbridge over The Plug is now closed as construction of a new iconic bridge is set to start and the beach’s carpark is about to be removed for landscaping works.
The beach can still be enjoyed via the Dolphin Discovery Centre while Koombana Bay Sailing Club is also accessible.
Bridge work is expected to be completed by the end of July with the final result to be a unique connection between the foreshore, Koombana North and the CBD.
Work is expected to be completed by early December.
Key facts about the Koombana Bay revitalisation include:
Construction of 100 extra parking bays, taking the total to nearly 400.
Improved traffic access, including left turn only from Anchorage Cove to Koombana Drive.
A pedestrian promenade along the beach.
Revamped kiosk and public amenities.
Improved beach access, including disabled access.
Amphitheatre and shaded areas.
Extensive landscaped areas overlooking the beach, including the relocation of carparks closer to Koombana Drive.
Removal of the old train line.
Construction of an accessible playground.
$10.8 million construction tender awarded to contractor Ertech.
16 South West contractors will be engaged, with the value of local work being $7.85 million, or 72 per cent of the total funds to be spent on the project.
Dolphin Discovery Centre redevelopment also under way as part of Stage one of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project.
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