Bunbury waterfront development a priority: Mayor

Kate Fielding and Michael PhilippsSouth Western Times

Bunbury Mayor Gary Brennan has identified the continuing development of the waterfront project as a priority for the State Government on the anniversary of its first year in office.

Mr Brennan said he would also like to see State investment in the Civic and Cultural Precinct.

“Certainly the continuation of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront, that’s our transformational project, that is huge for Bunbury and not only Bunbury but Bunbury-Geographe – that is the top priority for me,” he said.

“We’re getting awfully close on making a decision on the Civic and Cultural Precinct which is also a major capital investment.

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“f the council decides to proceed on that, I’d hope that the State Government would be able to assist us and the Federal Government.

“So they’re two big ones.”

Mr Brennan said he would also like to see State assistance with the Stirling Street Arts Centre.

“I’d like to see the Government come in and assist the Stirling Arts Centre with its redevelopment plans,” he said.

“The city’s spending $1 million on that superb organisation.

“They’re the top priorities from a city point of view.”

Mr Brennan said the Government had embarked on delivering its election promises.

“We have seen those promises delivered or about to be delivered – we’ve had the contribution to the promotion of shopping in the city centre, the State Government has contributed about $70,000 to that and the city contributed about $100,000 to that,” he said.

“The Kelly Park playground – the State’s contributing around about $90,000, the city’s contributing $200,000 and that’s about to happen.

“The State Government’s formed its Bunbury Development Committee which will be getting moving fairly soon.

“So from Bunbury’s point of view, it gets a tick from me and Don Punch is working hard.”

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