Centre to close doors for revamp

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inspects the construction site at Koombana Bay where the tourist attraction’s multi-million dollar redevelopment is under way.
Camera IconDolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inspects the construction site at Koombana Bay where the tourist attraction’s multi-million dollar redevelopment is under way. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

One of Bunbury’s most loved tourist attractions will close its doors at the end of the month as its long-awaited redevelopment starts to take shape.

The Dolphin Discovery Centre upgrades are well under way and with the facility closing soon, visitors are being encouraged to get in quick to say goodbye to the old before checking out the new.

An artists’ impression for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Camera IconAn artists’ impression for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.

The multi-million dollar upgrades are part of the Transforming Bunbury’s Waterfront project and will see the centre re-open in December.

General manager David Kerr said the organisation had a long history at the site and it was exciting to be involved in taking the centre through to its next chapter.

Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inside the soon to be replaced aquarium centre.
Camera IconDolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inside the soon to be replaced aquarium centre. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“It’s grown from its original caravan on the beach,” Mr Kerr said.

“This is the last opportunity to see it in its current incarnation prior to a major makeover which will bring it up to contemporary expectations.”

Construction is well under way for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Camera IconConstruction is well under way for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

The revamped tourist attraction will be a landmark building boasting state-of-the-art exhibits as well as a new cafe, multi-use space and souvenir shop.

An artists’ impression for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Camera IconAn artists’ impression for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.

South West Development Commission acting chief executive officer Rebecca Ball said the redevelopment was expected to help stimulate the local tourism industry and generate flow-oneffects for local businesses.

“By the end of the year, Bunbury will have a fresh new tourist attraction that’s part of a world-class tourism precinct linked back to the city centre,” Ms Ball said.

Construction is well under way for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre.
Camera IconConstruction is well under way for the revamped Dolphin Discovery Centre. Credit: Jon Gellweiler / South Western Times

“It’s expected that the economic benefits from this will flow to local businesses as people visit the new Dolphin Discovery Centre and stay on to see what else the city has to offer.

“Already the project is creating positive outcomes by generating local jobs for local people through local contractor Perkins Builders winning the tender to deliver the works.”

Dolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inside the soon to be replaced aquarium centre.
Camera IconDolphin Discovery Centre general manager David Kerr inside the soon to be replaced aquarium centre. Credit: South West Development Commission

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