Big plans for Koombana beach block

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Koombana North and the Bunbury Ski Beach.
Camera IconKoombana North and the Bunbury Ski Beach. Credit: Supplied / Commercial Property

The appeal of a prime waterfront site in Bunbury is gaining traction with plans for another multi-million-dollar five-storey development revealed.

The latest impressive development proposed for Koombana North is out for public comment and includes residential, retail, a restaurant or cafe and tavern.

It comes as the Aspire Apartments development overlooking Bunbury’s Ski Beach is forging ahead next door.

The Aspire five-storey residential and commercial project is expected to be completed by December and as construction work towers up, the city’s skyline continues to change.

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan said the latest plans showed great confidence in the city’s future.

“I know how challenging it is for private property owners to invest,” Mr Brennan said.

“The investment that’s occurring over at Koombana North shows a great deal of confidence in the future of our city and obviously they’re investing significant sums of money to those constructions.

“It’s terrific to see great confidence in our city and by them doing that they also signify to other investors and developers that there’s something of real value down here in Bunbury and we’re keen to engage with them and assist them to secure their vision for whatever they want to do.”

It is understood the latest development is planned to start construction in 2020.

Impressive concept designs show 11 units, including penthouses, two cafes or restaurants, a tenancy for community purposes and potential for an exhibition centre, fast food outlet and shop on the ground floor.

A concept design of the latest proposed development.
Camera IconA concept design of the latest proposed development. Credit: Supplied

It also comes as owners of popular cafe, Corners on King, announced they will be opening a sister location at the former Casellas restaurant location, which also looks over the beach.

Mr Brennan said the entire Marlston Waterfront area was set to benefit from the private and government investment that was gaining momentum.

“It’ll be a hub, one of many ... once we see the landscaping improvements to Casuarina Bay, through the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront (project) and the Jetty Road upgrade has been significant and will continue to be,” he said.

“All that general area around the foreshore and the properties and areas close to the foreshore will all benefit from the significant investment that’s going on.”

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