Bunbury’s new and impressive grand entrance is on track, according to Mayor Gary Brennan who officially opened an upgraded Koombana Drive today.
The project, which included replacing the old timber George Baxter Boardwalk, has been hailed a big success after the multi-million dollar upgrade was finished on time and on budget.
The new land-based boardwalk will retain the name of George Baxter Promenade, with Mr Baxter’s son Ian Baxter helping cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony this morning.
Mr Brennan told the South Western Times it was “just the start” of a number of projects set to make a statement in the city.
“It’s going to be five years of exciting projects and work around the Koombana Bay and Casuarina Harbour area,” Mr Brennan said.
The Government approved money from the Regional Road Group fund due to be allocated in 2017-18 and 2018-19 to be brought forward for the project.
Originally estimated to cost about $5 million, Ertech Holdings won the contract with a bid well under budget at $3.14 million, with the actual costings yet to be finalised.
Mr Brennan said because the boardwalk was dual-use for cyclists and pedestrians, shelters could not be constructed on the path.
Mr Baxter this morning said he felt privileged to represent his family and father, who was “very community-minded”.
“He would be honoured to be associated with this boardwalk,” he said.
“It’s very fitting to his legacy.”